Ordinariate to participate in the USCCB 2016 Child and Youth Protection Audit

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops reports on its Website:

Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter To Participate In 2016 Audit
June 2, 2016

USCCB logoDuring the recent release of The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection and the National Review Board’s 2015 Annual Report on the Implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter was mistakenly named as an eparchy and as non-compliant.

Bishop Steven J. Lopes was ordained the Ordinariate’s first bishop in February 2016. The Ordinariate did not participate in the 2015 audit due to its new ecclesiastical structure in the United States. In collaboration with StoneBridge Business Partners, the Ordinariate will participate in a data collection for the 2016 audit, with a scheduled onsite visit for the 2017 audit.

The information in the report was gathered between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015. The report on the response of the Catholic Church in the United States to clergy sexual abuse includes an annual survey conducted by Georgetown University’s Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) and an annual audit to numerous dioceses and eparchies.

The full report is available at: http://www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/child-and-youth-protection/index.cfm

MEDIA CONTACT: Matt Palmer, 202-541-3309

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The following is taken from a Press Release of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter:

arms CSPThe scheduling of the Ordinariate’s first on-site audit in 2017 was determined in the fall of 2015, in conjunction with the USCCB’s Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection and Stonebridge Business Partners.

The Ordinariate’s official on-site audit was scheduled for 2017 to allow the Ordinariate, as a relatively new canonical structure equivalent to a diocese, to establish the necessary procedures to collect the data to evaluate its implementation of the Charter across its vast geographic territory.

The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter has already taken essential steps to implement the Charter for the Protection of Young People:

  • As of May 31, 100 percent of the Ordinariate’s clergy have completed safe environment training.
  • A Safe Environment Assistant was appointed for the Ordinariate in November 2015 and a Victim Assistance Coordinator was named in April 2015.
  • An official Review Board has also been appointed for the Ordinariate.
  • Safe environment policies and documents, which are available at http://www.ordinariate.net/safe-environment, were established in 2015.
  • The first Parent-Child safe environment training was hosted by the Ordinariate in May 2016.
  • A workshop on the Charter and safe environment practices is scheduled to be part of the annual clergy assembly in October 2016.

The Ordinariate is deeply committed to the Charter and to protecting all the young people entrusted to our care,” said Jenny Faber, spokesperson for the Ordinariate. “We will continue to be vigilant in our actions to fully support the Charter, the audit, and the National Review Board. In communion with the Catholic Church, we will make every effort to support the healing of victims and survivors of abuse, the prevention of future abuse, and the safety of our children.”

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