We pledge most solemnly to one another and to you, God’s people, that we will work to our utmost for the protection of children and youth.
We pledge that we will devote to this goal the resources and personnel necessary to accomplish it.
Charter for the protection of Children and Young People: Statement of Episcopal Commitment, USCCB, June, 2002 ( click here to see full document)
POLICY FOR THE PROTECTION OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE
It is the policy of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend that all diocesan priests, deacons and other personnel, lay and religious, paid and volunteer, must adhere to the diocese’s Practical Guidelines for Conduct When Interacting With a Child or Young Person.
All must report any suspected incident of the physical, mental, or sexual abuse or neglect of a child or young person to appropriate civil and diocesan authorities consistent with the Diocesan Guidelines on Reporting Incidents of Child Abuse or Neglect. All priests, deacons and other personnel, employee and volunteer, are subject to and obligated by this policy.