Education and Compliance
“Is your God-given responsibility as pastors to bind up the wounds caused by every breach of trust, to foster healing, to promote reconciliation and to reach out with loving concern to those so seriously wronged.” Pope Benedict
Sexual Abuse Policies, Procedures and Prevention in the Diocese of Providence
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence has in place one of the strongest anti-sexual abuse programs in the United States. Nationally recognized by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Diocese of Providence’s policy clearly states that known sex offenders are not permitted to serve in active ministry. Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, the eighth Bishop of Providence, upholds and strictly enforces the Diocese’s strong anti-sexual abuse program. Continually reaffirming the commitment to ensuring safe environment in the Church, the Diocese’s policy is regularly reviewed by professionals in the areas of psychology, ministry and law, and is updated as required.
A pastoral response program exists for alleged victims, providing non-prejudicial psychological counseling. To learn about support services, call 401/946-0728 or write: Office of Outreach and Prevention, 80 Saint Mary’s Drive, Cranston, RI 02920.
Pope John Paul II reminded in his Address to the Cardinals of the United States in April 2002 that the sexual abuse of minors is “by every standard wrong and rightly considered a crime by society; it is also an appalling sin in the eyes of God.” The Office of Education & Compliance continues to educate all diocesan employees at every level and ministry about the child protection, from holding Safe Environment Trainings to requiring mandatory background checks for those who work with children. The Office of Education & Compliance impartially investigates each and every complaint received.
If you know of, suspect, or have been a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of a church employee or volunteer please immediately contact The Office of Education & Compliance.
Child Protection Links
- Diocesan Child Protection and Outreach Policy
- Common Misconception and Facts: Sex Abuse and the Catholic Church
- Frequently Asked Questions
- USCCB: Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People
- Vatican Response to Abuse
- Canon Law and Abuse
Resources, Reports & Commentary
News coverage of sex-abuse allegations in Europe by the New York Times and other secular publications has understandably sparked both anger and confusion. Unfortunately, much of the coverage and commentary has been flawed. Several writers, both Catholic and secular, have examined these reports in their full context. A list of writers and links is provided below:
- Archbishop Listecki Comments on Clergy Abuse at Chrism Mass
- Archbishop Dolan offers remarks at 2010 Palm Sunday Mass
- Bishop Lori: “The Holy Father that I know”
- Setting the record straight in the case of abusive Milwaukee priest Father Lawrence Murphy
- Letter to Editor of New York Times
- Scoundrel Time(s)
- Spreading the Big Lie
- Keeping the record straight on Benedict and the crisis
- Will Ratzinger’s past trump Benedict’s present?
- Fairness for the Pope: Pontiff not at fault in Wisconsin pedophile priest case
- A letter to the Catholic Church in Ireland
Lt. Robert McCarthy (Ret.), Director
Office of Education & Compliance
80 Saint Mary’s Drive
Cranston, RI 02920