The primary aim of this new study for 2022 is to examine the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ that enable clergy perpetrated sexual abuse (CPSA) to endure in the Catholic Church. We aim to move beyond hypotheses of “bad apple” perpetrators and investigate structural factors that perpetuate CPSA.
Since the promulgation of theCharter for the Protection of Children and Young People and the Essential Norms in 2002, and their revisions up to the present, the Catholic Church of the United States has taken enormous steps in preventing the abuse of minors, by carefully screening candidates, dealing promptly and responsibly to incidents and allegations of abuse, and the important ongoing education of our priests and religious.
Starting June 1, 2019, there is a new Church law related to sexual abuse. It is called Vos Estis Lux Mundi – You Are the Light of the World. Released by Pope Francis on May 7, 2019 in Rome.
The policy of the Xaverian Missionaries
Based on the Instruments of Hope and Healing developed by religious men’s congregations across the country, we have our own unique policies and procedures for the prevention of abuse which we implement and update every three years. Please write the Delegate Superior or the Outreach Coordinator if you would like to have a copy.
Pope Francis Issues Motu Proprio Vos estis lux mundi (“You are the light of the world”)
The news norms affect the global Church and require:
easily accessible reporting systems
clear standards for the pastoral support of victims and their families
timeliness and thoroughness of investigations
whistleblower protection for those making allegations
active involvement of the laity
Bishops also will be held accountable under the authority of this Motu Proprio, which covers sexual abuse of minors or vulnerable persons, sexual acts compelled through the abuse of authority, and any coverup of such crimes.
This service has been created to gather and relay reports of sexual misconduct involving bishops of the United States, and reports of their intentional interference in a sexual abuse investigation. If you wish to report any other kind of misconduct by a bishop, please contact your local diocese or eparchy instead. You may find the site here.
Have a question or want to make a report?
If you have any questions or concerns about how we prevent abuse or wish to make a report please contact:
12 Helene Court, Wayne, New Jersey 07470 – firstname.lastname@example.org – Delegate Superior
For a state-by-state directory of information and toll-free numbers to report to civil authorities click here. Please also make a report to the civil authorities which includes the District Attorney of the county where the alleged abuse may have taken place.