The Responsible Administrator shall apply all the procedures above for screening volunteers and employees to applicants who are priests, deacons, and religious. The procedures of this section are in addition to those previously stated in this document.
It is also the responsibility of the Archdiocesan Director of Clergy Personnel to ensure that all priests, deacons, religious and seminarians have completed the appropriate applications and fingerprinting prior to beginning their assignment.
The Archdiocese of Baltimore uses the Suitability for Ministry form developed jointly by the USCCB/CMSM/LCWR for this purpose.
The Director of Child and Youth Protection contacts the Major Superior of each religious institute of Sisters and Brothers annually (August) to facilitate a census update process for institutional information.
The Major Superior is asked to identify members of the institute who are newly assigned to ministry within the Archdiocese.
The Major Superior completes a suitability form for each member newly assigned to the Archdiocese and returns the form to the Director of Child and Youth Protection.
A religious superior must state in writing that he/she has reviewed employment and Criminal History Records of the individual proposed. The Director of Clergy Personnel will review all background check results. The response of the Major Superior is filed in the Division of Clergy Personnel.
The Director of Deacon Formation, the Director of Vocations, and the Director of Ministry Formation and Development arrange for psychological testing for viable candidates for the roles of deacons, seminarians, and pastoral life directors, respectively. The appropriate Director participates in the interview during which the candidate receives feedback from the psychological testing. Results of the psychological testing are retained in the appropriate offices as confidential records.
In addition, all applicants shall be required to complete the Archdiocesan Application and complete criminal history record checks from all states where the individuals lived or worked during at least the past ten years; and state in writing that they have no history which would render them unsuitable to work with children.