The tragic issue of the sexual abuse of minors affects every part of society, and every profession. While pledging zero tolerance for abusers in ministry or employment within the Diocese of Harrisburg, we also pledge our dedication to the healing and reconciliation of victims of sexual abuse as a minor. In fulfillment of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, adopted by the United States bishops in 2002, our Youth Protection Program (i.e. policy) provides for education and screening, outreach to victims and families, prudent and prompt inquiry into each accusation, open communication, and due process for all involved.
Adherence to this policy is mandatory for all clergy (bishops, priests, deacons) incardinated or assigned or residing in the Diocese who assist in ministry, all seminarians and those in formation toward Holy Orders, those assigned to pastoral ministry or formation in the Diocese, all those in Consecrated Life (men and women), and all Church personnel (all employees of the Diocese, a parish or mission within the Diocese and all Catholic schools; all employees of an institution or corporation affiliated with the Diocese; all volunteers for the Diocese, parish, mission, school, or other institution; and independent contractors (and subcontractors) in the employ of the Diocese, parish, mission, school or other institution). Additional questions or requests for information may be addressed by email to: YouthProtection@hbgdiocese.org.