Lay Leader Vows Justice

Lay Leader Vows Justice  Calling the Catholic Church's handling of clergy sex abuse ''intolerable,'' Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating, a tough-talking former prosecutor recently appointed to head a national board that will help oversee child-protection plans in dioceses nationwide, held out the possibility that top church officials could face criminal charges for their involvement in the crisis.

[Keating] said he has been ''puzzled and stunned'' by disclosures that not only have priests sexually abused children, but that bishops and cardinals have protected known abusers. And he said he is ''disappointed that there is no mention [in the new Charter for the Protection of Children] of what to do about errant bishops.'' []

Keating's appointment seems to be the most hopeful outcome of the Dallas meeting.

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