Preventing abuse: What the Church is doing

The Diocese of New Ulm, along with dioceses throughout the United States, has enacted policies to address sexual abuse in Church ministry and to help ensure safe environments for children and young people.

The “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” is a comprehensive set of procedures established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in 2002, and last revised in 2011, for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. The “Charter” also includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability, and prevention of abuse.

Guided by the USCCB’s “Charter,” for more than a decade the Diocese of New Ulm has mandated fulfillment of safe environment requirements for all priests and deacons, diocesan staff, parish and Catholic school employees, as well as parish and Catholic school volunteers who have regular or unsupervised interaction with minors. These safe environment requirements include submission to a criminal background check, adherence to a code of conduct, and participation in sexual abuse awareness and prevention training.

The Diocese of New Ulm is committed to providing comprehensive training and screening to prevent abuse, immediately reporting any allegations of abuse in Church ministry to law enforcement, and removing from ministry any member of the clergy with credible accusations against him.