Do local Churches have zero tolerance policies?

“Guiding Principles”–Maltese Ecclesiastical Province

“The Church’s response to sexual abuse of minors through the application of penal sanctions must reflect the gravity of the offence as well as its zero tolerance principle towards such abuse. Accordingly, the return of a cleric to public ministry is excluded if such ministry is a danger for minors. Dismissal from the clerical state is not excluded wherever the case so warrants.”

“To Guarantee an Effective Response to Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors”–USCCB

“Diocesan/eparchial policy is to provide that for even a single act of sexual abuse of a minor— whenever it occurred — which is admitted or established after an appropriate process in accord with canon law, the offending priest or deacon is to be permanently removed from ministry and, if warranted, dismissed from the clerical state. In keeping with the stated purpose of this Charter, an offending priest or deacon is to be offered therapeutic professional assistance both for the purpose of prevention and also for his own healing and well-being.”

“Guidelines”–Czech Bishops Conference

“The Diocesan Bishop shall not transfer from the diocese a subordinate cleric, even if he is only suspected to have a tendency for the abuse of minors, without informing the Bishop of the welcoming Diocese or the Superior of the Institute of Consecrated Life into which the subordinate is entering.”

The Major Superior shall not permit that his subordinate, which he knows to be only suspected of having a tendency for the sexual abuse of minors, be offered to the Diocesan Bishop for pastoral service…”
Guidelines, Czech Bishops Conference, translated (2017)

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