Protecting God's Children

Since 2002, the Church in the United States has experienced a crisis without precedent in our times. The sexual abuse of children and young people by some deacons, priests, and bishops, and the ways in which these crimes and sins were addressed, have caused enormous pain, anger, and confusion. As bishops, we have acknowledged our mistakes and our roles in that suffering, and we apologize and take responsibility again for too often failing victims and the Catholic people in the past. From the depths of our hearts, we bishops express great sorrow and profound regret for what the Catholic people have endured.

The 2011 revision of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, re-affirmed our deep commitment to creating a safe environment within the Church for children and youth. We have listened to the profound pain and suffering of those victimized by sexual abuse and will continue to respond to their cries.

Each year, dioceses in the Untied States undergo an external audit by Stonebridge Business Partners, an independent auditing firm. The audit is designed to measure each diocese's compliance with the guidelines of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The results of the external audits are published by the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection every year.

 

All volunteers who come in contact with children are required to register on VIRTUS Online and attend an awareness session.

PGC awareness sessions have been scheduled on the following dates:

Sept 6, 2017 (cancelled)
Sept 13, 2017
Oct 4, 2017
Oct 11, 2017
Nov 1, 2017
Nov 8, 2017

All sessions are held in the Fr. John K. Bain Pastoral Center (parish hall) at 6:30pm.

A session must have a minimum of 6 attendees or it will be cancelled.

Please register on VIRTUS Online, and contact Jan Roman-Gonzales, our PGC Coordinator, to make sure she knows you're attending.

 

From the Reno Diocese:

Safe Environment Program

From the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops:

Child & Youth Protection

From the National Catholic Risk Retention Group:

VIRTUS Online

 

PGC News

PGC Awareness Session 11 October 2017

An awareness session has been scheduled for Wednesday, October 11th at 6:30 PM in the John K. Bain Pastoral Center (parish hall).

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PGC Awareness Session 4 October 2017

An awareness session has been scheduled for Wednesday, October 4th at 6:30 PM in the John K. Bain Pastoral Center (parish hall).

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PGC Awareness Session 13 September 2017

An awareness session has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 13th at 6:30 PM in the John K. Bain Pastoral Center (parish hall).

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PGC Awareness Session 6 September 2017

The awareness session scheduled for Wednesday, September 6th has been cancelled.

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PGC Awareness Sessions September-November 2017

All volunteers who come in contact with children are required to register on VIRTUS Online and attend a PGC awareness session, several of which have been scheduled throughout the months of September, October and November.

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