VATICAN, October 31, 2002 ( – The Mixed Commission, established by the Vatican to reflect upon and revise the Essential Norms related to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops” Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, concluded the second day of a two-day meeting in Rome Tuesday.  Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, who led the U.S. delegation, reported the completion of the task but did not release details of the changes made other than to say that the “documents have been completed in elaborating normative procedures that respect the rights of priests who have been accused.”  The US Conference of Catholic Bishops will discuss the changes at their November 11-14 meeting in Washington.  After approval there, the amended document will return to the Vatican for approval.  See the USCCB release on the matter:


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