WASHINGTON -- Here is a timeline for some key events in the clergy sex abuse crisis in the United States and the church response to it.
1983 -- First nationally publicized case: Father Gilbert Gauthe is suspended by Diocese of Lafayette, La., after he admits having sexually abused at least three dozen children.
1985 -- Father Gauthe sentenced to 20 years in prison.
1985 -- Several state Catholic conferences and individual dioceses begin developing policies governing abuse allegations.
1985 -- Bishops discuss problem in executive session at a June meeting.
1988 -- Bishops' general counsel acknowledges scope and extent of crisis in public statement.
1988 -- Victims' advocacy group Survivors' Network of those Abused by Priests forms.
1990 -- Bishops' priestly life committee studies question of reassignment of abusive priests.
June 1992 -- Bishops affirm five principles for dioceses to deal with child sexual abuse; they include responding promptly and openly to all allegations.
November 1992 -- Cardinal Roger Mahony and other bishops meet with victims.