The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has updated the rules it follows to protect children from sexual abuse by its priests, employees and volunteers. Spokesman Dan Andriacco says the original document started in 1993 and is revised every five years. He says the most noticeable difference in the current version of the Decree on Child Protection is its length compared to the last update.
Five years ago, the Decree instituted a rule requiring background checks for anyone who works with children on behalf of the Archdiocese. Andriacco says 59,000 people have been fingerprinted since then. As a result of information from the checks, he says 266 potential volunteers or employees have been denied for positions that involved contact with children.