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The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young
People begins with an apology from the bishops. "Since 2002, the
Church in the United States has experienced a crisis without precedent in our
times. The sexual abuse of children and young people by some deacons, priests,
and bishops, and the ways in which these crimes and sins were addressed, have
caused enormous pain, anger, and confusion. As bishops, we have acknowledged
our mistakes and our roles in that suffering, and we apologize and take
responsibility again for too often failing victims and the Catholic people in
the past. From the depths of our hearts, we bishops express great sorrow and
profound regret for what the Catholic people have endured." For more information, please see: Page 3 of the Charter Booklet.
The following are resources dioceses/eparchies may find useful in making the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People part of what we do as Church.
To Learn More About Efforts to Protect Children, Link to Your Diocese/Eparchy
"Promise to Protect" Victim Outreach Poster
"Promise to Protect" Prayer Card
"So There is No Doubt"
Rosary Guide for Healing and Protection
"Prayer for Survivors"
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