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Code of Conduct for Church Personnel

Every day in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, ministers of the gospel faithfully invite people to experience fullness of life in Christ. Church personnel by the grace of God lead people in prayer and the celebration of the sacraments, educate and form adults and children in the Catholic faith, provide outreach to the poor and marginalized, administer and care for buildings and properties, and strive to live holy and virtuous lives. This Code of Conduct for Church Personnel of the Archdiocese of Baltimore aims at providing clear expectations and guidelines for their work.

The Code of Conduct for Church Personnel provides core expectations for all church personnel in parishes, schools, institutions, programs, and ministries subject to the control under civil law of the Archdiocese of Baltimore (with the exception of Catholic Charities which has its own policies). For the purposes of this Code, the term "church personnel" includes bishops, priests and deacons with faculties to function in this archdiocese, seminarians of the Archdiocese, seminarians studying in the Archdiocese and those enrolled in the Permanent Diaconate Formation program, men and women religious working in the Archdiocese, lay ecclesial ministers, employees, and volunteers.

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The Archdiocese of Baltimore is committed to protecting children and youth, and to maintaining a professional, harassment free environment in which to work and volunteer. Parishes, schools, and other institutions work to promote a safe environment for all. Should you observe misconduct, or behavior that is questionable or suspicious, we ask that you immediately report that to the pastor/administrator, pastoral life director, principal, or director or call the Division of Human Resources at 410-547-5448.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore strictly complies with Maryland laws requiring reporting suspected child abuse to civil authorities. Under Maryland law any person who has reason to believe a child has been subjected to abuse must report the suspected abuse to civil authorities, even if the potential victim is now over 18 years old and even in cases where the alleged perpetrator is deceased. If someone associated with the Church, including clergy, employees, or volunteers in the Archdiocese of Baltimore, is suspected of abuse, then the suspected abuse must also be reported to the Archdiocese’s Office of Child and Youth Protection at 410-547-5348 or the Victims Assistance Hotline at 866-417-7469.