October 3, 2017 — (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 a review of data collected for the 2016/17 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.
“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 13,100 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/fsgc. 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 56 parishes, 18 missions and 36 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. The diocese will celebrate its 150th anniversary with a year-long celebration beginning March 3, 2018. Information is available at www.cdow.org.
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