Cincinnati — Priests should not kiss, tickle or wrestle children, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati says in its most detailed list yet of behaviors deemed inappropriate for staff members.
The newest version of the Decree on Child Protection also prohibits bear hugs, lap-sitting and piggy-back rides, among other interactions between its clergy and children. Handshakes, high-fives, shoulder-to-shoulder hugs and pats on the back are still acceptable.
The archdiocese updates the rules every five years. The latest version, released this month, also mandates background checks for contractors working with children.
Victim advocates who have criticized the archdiocese for its response to past abuse cases say they support the new measures as a step toward better protection of children.