CINCINNATI (AP) - The Archdiocese of Cincinnati has issued a
detailed list of inappropriate behaviors for priests, saying they
should not kiss, tickle or wrestle children.
The newest version of the archdiocese's Decree on Child
Protection also prohibits bear hugs, lap-sitting and piggyback
But it says priests may still shake children's hands, pat them
on the back and give high-fives.
Victim advocates who have criticized the Roman Catholic
archdiocese for its handling of abuse cases say they support the
new measures as a step toward better protection of children.
The Cincinnati archdiocese says it updates the rules every five
years. The latest version, issued last week, also mandates
background checks for contractors working with children.
Information from: The Cincinnati Enquirer,
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