June 7, 2022 — (Wilmington, DE) — The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington has once again been found to be in 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 audit of data collected for the June 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021 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.
In a letter to the Most Reverend William E. Koenig, Bishop of Wilmington, Stonebridge Business Partners stated, “The conclusions reached as to the compliance of your Diocese are based upon inquiry, observations and the review of specifically requested documentation furnished to StoneBridge Business Partners during the course of this audit. Thank you for your cooperation during this process.”
Information regarding the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington’s efforts to protect children is available at cdow.org/protecting-our-children. Information about the comprehensive safe environment program, For the Sake of God’s Children, is available at 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 usccb.org/offices/child-and-youth-protection/audits.
The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was established in 1868 and comprises 56 parishes, 18 missions and 20 schools serving the State of Delaware and the nine counties of Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Information about the diocese is found at cdow.org.
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