Resources


These resources are meant to serve as a guide for priests, church staff, school leaders and staff, volunteers and parents.

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USCCB Child and Youth Protection
USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People
USCCB Essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons (English | Español | Vietnamese)
Frequently asked questions on safe environments (USCCB)
Safe environment policies and practices in the diocese (English | Español)
How to speak to your children about difficult subjects (Diocese of Erie, PA)
So there is no doubt: The Catholic Church's solution to end the abuse of children (Flyer)
National Review Board and John Jay College of Criminal Justice Reports
Order for the Blessing of a Victim of Crime or Oppression
Resources for National Child Abuse Prevention Month (April)

The Protection of Minors in the Church - Vatican website for responsibility, accountability and transparency launched in connection with the abuse summit in Rome in February 2019.

Independent audit finds diocese in compliance with safe environment practices (Sept. 2019) Read more

U.S. bishops launch new prevention website (June 2019)
The USCCB has launched a new website highlighting the importance of prevention, protection and accountability in response to the ongoing effort to eradicate clergy sexual abuse. This new site serves as a resource detailing the steps the American bishops are taking to confront this crisis. Visit the site at: usccbprevention.org

Additional resources from Bishop Walkowiak
Video message from Bishop Walkowiak on the clergy abuse scandal (Feb. 7)
Reflection on Vos estis lux mundi, Pope Francis' apostolic letter ordering global action by the Church in responding to and reporting sexual abuse (English | Español)

Letters to the faithful
Letter with updates from the 2019 USCCB Spring General Assembly - June 2019 (English | Español)
Reflection on the USCCB General Fall Assembly – November 2018 (English | Español)
Follow-up letter regarding the scandal – September 2018 (English | Español)

Initial letter regarding the scandal – August 2018 (English | Español)