Child & Youth Protection

Cardinal McCarrick’s 60 years of ministry in church had global impact

As a board member of Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops' overseas relief and development agency, he continued to travel the world and had regular speaking engagements and other activities, in the United States and beyond.
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Abuse allegation against Cardinal McCarrick found credible

Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, said June 20 he will no longer exercise any public ministry "in obedience" to the Vatican after an allegation he abused a teenager 47 years ago was found credible.
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Church praised for proactive response on abuse but warned of complacency

Despite groundbreaking steps the U.S. Catholic Church has taken to prevent the sexual abuse of minors in the past 16 years, a potential "complacency" in following safety protocols could pose a challenge to those hard-won advances.
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Vatican: Pope wants bishops to take responsibility for abuse scandal

Pope Francis called the bishops of Chile to the Vatican to "examine the causes and consequences" of the clerical sexual abuse scandal and acknowledge personal responsibility and "the mechanisms that in some cases led to a cover up and serious omissions regarding the victims," the Vatican said.
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Protect children, each and every one

Those who turn a blind eye to the children  who are victims of human trafficking; young refugees from Afghanistan or Syria; or the young ones among us who do not have ample food, clothing, shelter and education, contribute to their neglect.
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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Protection Month.  See the following resources, news stories and commentaries for keeping our children safe.
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Archdiocese of Baltimore Review Board provides accountability for victims of abuse

Burkhardt said she has come to respect and rely on the review board, not only to review individual allegations brought before them, but also to help shape archdiocesan policy in the future.
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Charter, training still aim to protect children

Recent attention on sexual misconduct in Hollywood and politics has highlighted concerns and pain that the Catholic Church has been addressing for decades.
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Charter 15 years later

Since 2003, the Archdiocese of Baltimore has trained 292,639 adults who volunteer and/or work with children and young people. In addition, more than 44,000 students per year have been trained in child abuse prevention and reporting since 2003, as part of religion class in Catholic schools or in faith formation classes in our parishes.
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Archdiocese reaffirms church fully cooperated with 1969 murder investigation

Officials of the Archdiocese of Baltimore reaffirmed that the church did not attempt to interfere in the investigation of the death of School Sister of Notre Dame Catherine Cesnik.
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