ANCHORAGE - The three Catholic dioceses in Alaska are taking part in two national sexual abuse projects to gauge the level of compliance to new church norms and to determine the extent of abuse over the past 50 years, state Catholic leaders said Friday. All 195 dioceses in the United States are being audited to see if their policies conform with national guidelines regarding sexual abuse of children that were adopted at a Roman Catholic bishops conference in Dallas last year. All dioceses also are participating in the past-abuse survey.
At least 12 Catholic priests assigned to Alaska have been accused of sexual misconduct involving children over the past five decades, according to a national survey and an independent study in Anchorage.
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