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CHURCHES SCREEN PROSPECTIVE EMPLOYEES AND VOLUNTEERS FOR VICTIMS OF CHILDHOOD ABUSE.

Churches that have instituted the policy say it hasn't caused a lot of internal uproar--yet. At Southern Gables, Pastor Robey says one prospective volunteer recently declined to answer the question and was urged to work in a ministry where she wouldn't be dealing with children. Another woman admitted she'd been molested but discussed the incident with a church staffer and was approved for a youth program. "It hasn't kicked out a lot of people," Robey says.

Amy Miracle, associate pastor at Central Presbyterian, says her church instituted the policy in January without a great deal of controversy. If members of the church begin to object, she says, the policy can always be changed.

"If that becomes an issue, we'll look at it again," Miracle says. "At this point, we're erring on the side of protecting the children.

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