The suffering of those who have endured the evil of child sexual abuse is never far from my thoughts and is held deeply in my prayer. I again pledge myself to remain vigilant in making our faith environment a safe environment for all. Your active participation in these efforts is a source of strength and encouragement to me.
— Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, Ofm Cap.
The dedicated efforts of lay leaders, parishioners, religious sisters and brothers, and clergy continue to build a culture of safety and protection for all children. Over the past ten years these efforts have included:
- Training over 140,000 children in personal safety skills.
- Annually conducting over 55,000 CORI background checks for clergy, volunteers, educators, parish staff, school staff and athletic coaches.
- Training 1700 laity to serve as Child Abuse Prevention Team (CAP) members in parishes across the Archdiocese.
- Educating 74,000 clergy, teachers, employees, and volunteers in child abuse prevention strategies.
- Providing parents with resources pertaining to educating children in personal safety.
- Outreach to clergy sexual abuse survivors and their families through the Office of Pastoral Support and Outreach.
“Let the children come to me and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” —Luke 18:16
Monthly safety notices can be viewed here. For further information, please contact the Archdiocese of Boston Office of Pastoral Support & Child Protection at 781-746-5994 or visit the program at BostonCatholic.org.