"We bishops and eparchs must tenaciously maintain our commitment to the Charter mandates to ensure that children and youth are safe and that the victims of clergy sex abuse are able to heal from the effects of sexual abuse by representatives of the Church. Much progress has been made by the Catholic Church in addressing the impact of clergy sexual abuse of minors, but continued vigilance is a must.”
- CARDINAL FRANCIS GEORGE, PRESIDENT
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
2014 Annual Report
The National Review Board and the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops are pleased to announce the publication of the
2014 Annual Report
on the Implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.
From the 2014 audit, we can say the Catholic Church in the United States has:
- Trained 98% of our two million volunteers, employees, educators, clergy, and candidates in parishes in how to create safe environments and prevent child sexual abuse.
- Prepared more than 4.4 million children to recognize abuse and protect themselves.
- Ran background checks on close to two million volunteers and employees, 51,314 clerics and 6,568 candidates for ordination.
What Is the USCCB Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection (CYP)?
The CYP is part of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and is located at the national headquarters in Washington, D.C. The Secretariat’s work is monitored by the National Review Board, which was also established by the bishops at the 2002 Dallas meeting. According to the Charter, the mandate of the CYP is threefold:
Compliance Letter 2014-2015
Compliance Letter 2013-2014
Catholic Social Teachings
A Prayer for Healing - Victims of Abuse
- To assist each (arch)diocese/eparchy in the United States in implementing safe environment programs to ensure safety and security for all children as they participate in church and religious activities
- To develop a mechanism to ensure compliance of the bishops with the responsibilities set forth in the Charter
- To prepare a public annual report describing the compliance of each (arch)diocese/eparchy with the provisions of the Charter
"So There is NO Doubt" -
The Catholic Church's Solution to End the Abuse of Children
Prayer for Survivors of Sexual Abuse
Rosary Guide for Healing and Protection