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Reports and Research


The following is a list of reports and studies that have been commissioned or written by the National Review Board, the Bishops' Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, or the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection.

Recent National Review Board Reports to the Body of Bishops

Special Report of the National Review Board to the Body of Bishops on the Sexual Abuse Crisis in the Church

On Tuesday, November 13, the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' independent lay advisory panel on the protection of children and young people delivered a special report to the body of U.S. bishops regarding the abuse crisis in the Church. In an address to the bishops who have gathered in Baltimore for the annual fall general assembly, National Review Board Chairman Francesco Cesareo, Ph.D., outlined key reforms and urged action. The report calls for broadening the scope of the Charter on the Protection of Children and Young People to include bishops; the publication of complete lists of credibly accused clergy in all dioceses; improving the audit process; and enhancing accountability for bishops regarding cases of abuse.

Recommendations from the National Review Board Addressing the Current Crisis specific to Restoring the Trust of the Faithful (November 13, 2018)

2017 National Review Board Progress Report

2015 National Review Board Progress Report

2014 National Review Board Progress Report

*No report was provided in 2016.

Other National Review Board Reports

2017 Annual Report on the Implementation of the Charter

2017 Annual Report on the Implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People

2017 Background Check Methodologies used by Dioceses

2017 Safe Environment Programs used by Dioceses

2017 Parish Self-Audit Summary

Annual Report Archives

Studies Presented by the John Jay College Research Team

The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010

The Nature and Scope of the Problem of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States

Nature and Scope Study - 2006 Supplementary Report

Child Sexual Abuse: A Review of the Literature, 2004


Teaching Modules 

The following are teaching modules developed by Sr. Katarina Schuth, OSF that are based on the findings of the 2011 John Jay Causes and Context Study. The accompanying PowerPoint Presentation and commentaries should be viewed alongside each of the Teaching Modules for a better learning experience. 
Modules A-G: Intended for dioceses, parishes, seminary faculty, and seminary students.

Modules:            | A | B | C | D | E | F | G
Commentary:     | A | B | C | D | E | F | G
Module J: Outlines the "Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal," the Charter, Essential Norms, and the Statement of Episcopal Commitment. Intended for all audiences.

Module:              | J
Commentary:     | J
Module K-O : Intended for dioceses and parishes. 
Modules:           | K | L | M | N | O

Commentary:    | K | L | M N | O

2007 Five Years from Dallas (June 2007)

In the five years since U.S. bishops adopted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People at their June 2002 meeting in Dallas, dioceses have made significant strides to instill practices that will ensure the safety of children in the church. The following articles take a look at a variety of related issues, from strategies in place to prevent and identify child sexual abuse to the growth of transparency in the church. Media are welcome to download these articles and photos for one-time editorial use when covering the work of the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection. 

Church Still Challenged to Deal With Clerical Abuse of Minors by Beth Griffin

Child Sexual Abuse in United States: Problems, Progress by Kate Blain

Professional Counseling, Reformed Attitudes Work to Heal Hurts by Robert Delaney

Priest and Parishioner: Walking Side by Side by Jane Harriman

Healthy Child Protection Programs Age-appropriate, On-Going by Peter Feuerherd

Preventing and Identifying Child Sexual Abuse by John Gehring

Seminary Screening Early Step for Healthy Priesthood by Emilie Lemmons

Growth in Transparency Marks Church by Joe Towalski

Victim Assistance Coordinators: They Gotta Have Heart by Mary Hart

Learning From Clergy Abuse of Minors Scandal Can Help Others by Joseph Young



Reports and Research

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