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Did You Know ...

The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People begins with an apology from the bishops. "Since 2002, the Church in the United States has experienced a crisis without precedent in our times. The sexual abuse of children and young people by some deacons, priests, and bishops, and the ways in which these crimes and sins were addressed, have caused enormous pain, anger, and confusion. As bishops, we have acknowledged our mistakes and our roles in that suffering, and we apologize and take responsibility again for too often failing victims and the Catholic people in the past. From the depths of our hearts, we bishops express great sorrow and profound regret for what the Catholic people have endured." For more information, please see: Page 3 of the Charter Booklet.






Essential Documents

On Child Sexual Abuse

Diocesan Resources

The following are resources dioceses/eparchies may find useful in making the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People part of what we do as Church.

Diocesan Resources

To Learn More About Efforts to Protect Children, Link to Your Diocese/Eparchy

Print Material Resources
Charter Implementation Resources

Child Abuse Prevention Month Resources

Child Abuse and Human Trafficking Resources

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