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The statement Bishop Wilton Gregory, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, made Friday after church leaders approved a national policy on disciplining priests who molest children:

Today we have seen the passage of an important document in the history of our conference of bishops.

From this day forward no one known to have sexually abused a child will work in the Catholic church in the United States.

We bishops apologize to anyone harmed by one of our priests and for our tragically slow response in recognizing the horror of sexual abuse.

The ``Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People'' stands as one of the greatest efforts anywhere in addressing sexual abuse of minors.

The ``Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People'' ensures that young people are protected, that victims are truly listened to and assisted, that all priests are trustworthy and that all bishops act responsibly.