November 2, 2015 — (Wilmington, DE) — The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington has once again been found to be in complete compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the comprehensive action plan adopted by the U. S. bishops in 2002 to effectively deal with sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy and other church personnel. The findings are a result of an on-site review of data collected for the 2014/15 Charter audit period by StoneBridge Business Partners, an independent firm hired by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Diocese of Wilmington has been found to be in compliance in all audits including its first audit in 2004.
“The 2015 on-site audit was more thorough and extensive then other recent audits,” said Sister Carroll Juliano, SHCJ, Safe Environments Coordinator for the Diocese of Wilmington. “The auditors examined documents, conducted interviews with diocesan, parish and school officials, and reviewed evidence of our compliance with the letter and spirit of the Charter.”
“We are pleased with the audit report,” said the Most Rev. W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington. “We welcome these independent audits because it is a reminder to us that we have to keep vigilant to continue to protect our precious children and young people, and to assure that the mistakes and crimes of the past are never again repeated.”
Currently, there are approximately 14,000 active individuals – including clergy, deacons and parish and school staff and volunteers – that have undergone background checks and have been cleared for ministry with young people in the Diocese of Wilmington through its For the Sake of God’s Children safe environment program.
Information regarding the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington’s comprehensive safe environment program, For the Sake of God’s Children, is available at http://www.cdow.org/giving/for-the-sake-of-gods-children. More information regarding what the Catholic Church in the United States is doing to protect children and young people including information about compliance audits is available at http://usccb.org/issues-and-action/child-and-youth-protection/audits.cfm.
The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was established in 1868 and comprises 57 parishes, 18 missions and 30 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. There are approximately 240,000 Catholics in the diocese.
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