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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHERE TO TURN WHEN REPORTING SUSPECTED ABUSE ?
WHAT ARE SAFEGUARDING GUIDELINES?
What is an Audit?
HOW IS COMPLIANCE ASSESSED AND VERIFIED?
Do local Churches have zero tolerance policies?
“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.”
What are the norms for reporting suspicions and concerns regarding sexual abuse?
“Dioceses or the Eparchies … must establish within a year from the entry into force of these norms, one or more public, stable and easily accessible systems for submission of reports. … Any person can submit a report concerning the conduct referred to in article 1, using the methods referred to in the preceding article, or by any other appropriate means.”
Is the transfer of an offender to an assignment in another diocese prohibited?
“No priest or deacon who has committed an act of sexual abuse of a minor may be transferred for ministerial assignment to another diocese/eparchy or religious province. Before a priest or deacon can be transferred … his bishop/eparch or religious ordinary shall forward, in a confidential manner, to the local bishop/eparch and religious ordinary (if applicable) any and all information concerning any act of sexual abuse of a minor and any other information…”
WHAT IS SAFEGUARDING?
The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors is committed to safeguarding children, young people and vulnerable adults as part of the life and ministry of the Church.“The Commission considers it very important that the safeguarding of minors and vulnerable adults is seen as an integral part of the mission of the Church, one that it is firmly rooted in our belief that each individual has a unique worth created in the image and likeness of God” (2016)