Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse:
A Call to the Catholic Faithful in Canada
for Healing, Reconciliation and Transformation
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops released today the document called Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse: A Call to the Catholic Faithful in Canada for Healing, Reconciliation, and Transformation. This document brings up to date the CCCB's existing guidelines, including protocols to ensure victims' interests come first. It also contains many of the lessons learned from the experience of working with victims over the past twenty-five years.
The Diocese of Antigonish welcomes this new protocol for responding to complaints and dealing with offenders. "The message is simple: what they experienced should never have happened," said Bishop Brian Dunn. "The new guidelines will help us put in a strict system of responding to complaints as well as stress long-term prevention." That system includes placing the needs of victims as a priority, informing police as soon as an incident of abuse is reported and never returning offenders to regular active ministry.