Annual audits show improvement in protection efforts  

WASHINGTON — Most U.S. dioceses are in compliance with the U.S. bishops' "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People," but annual audits are uncovering problem areas and reports of boundary violations short of abuse, such as inappropriate hugging. An audit report released April 11 and covering the period from July 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010, showed that "management letters" had been issued to 55 of the 188 dioceses or eparchies participating in the annual compliance assessments by the Gavin Group.

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