Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse
October 4, 2018, Hamilton, Ontario – The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops published a new document: Protecting Minors from Sexual Abuse: A Call to the Catholic Faithful in Canada for Healing, Reconciliation and Transformation. This document, published in English and in French, updates their 1982 document: From Pain to Hope, and incorporates lessons learned from the Church’s experience of assisting victims of sexual abuse, the most recent research on this complex issue, and updated civil and church laws related to the sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.
The document calls all the faithful, clergy and lay people to be accountable to victims and all whom the Church serves, and to the demand of both civil and church laws. All are called to improve current practices in order to ensure long-term prevention and pre-emptive action.
Since 1996 the Diocese of Hamilton has observed a strict protocol with respect to allegations of sexual misconduct on the part of clergy and other employees of the Diocese. This Policy and Protocol for Cases of Alleged Sexual Misconduct was updated most recently in 2017 and is in complete accord with the new CCCB document, published today. It is found on our Diocesan website. All allegations of sexual misconduct have been, and will continue to be taken seriously and addressed immediately in accordance with our Diocesan Policy.
Bishop Douglas Crosby, OMI, Bishop of Hamilton, wishes to assure anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse as a minor by a Priest or other pastoral minister in the Diocese of Hamilton, that their voice will be heard and that they will be treated with the utmost dignity and compassion.
Pam Aleman, Communications and Public Relations Manager
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