- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence has agreed to report all allegations of clergy sex abuse of children to the attorney general’s office, but a group that tracks such abuse says it’s underwhelmed.

The letter of understanding announced Wednesday says that the diocese will report abuse allegations to the attorney general’s office in addition to state police. They say the previous practice was reporting it only to police.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says the agreement will ensure greater transparency.

Anne Barrett Doyle says the agreement is better than nothing. Barrett Doyle is with BishopAccountability.org, which tracks the global clergy abuse scandal.

But Barrett Doyle says it falls short because it doesn’t bar the diocese from interviewing victims or subjecting them to polygraph tests, which she says has been done before.


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