A Catholic church has confirmed it will start digitally fingerprinting priests and volunteers who work with children in a bid to protect minors from abuse.
The screening process is being implemented by the Catholic Church of Montreal and will see 10 churches take part in the process that requires those in “high risk” roles to provide digital fingerprints and police background checks.
The prints would be kept as individual records on file, allowing authorities to cross-check church staff. The pilot project also prevents priests, church employees and volunteers from being alone with children without having at least two adults who have undergone checks present, reports CBC News.
It hopes the 10-step screening process will act as a deterrent and aims to protect not only children but other vulnerable parties, such as the sick or the elderly.
“In terms of whether or not we were going to [implement the plan], that wasn’t even in question. …