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require intensive background screening as well as psychological testing for
those wishing to enter the seminary.
Audit figures for 2012 report out of 6,368 Candidates for Ordination 6,228
have been trained and 6,316 have had a background check.
Faced with the crisis of child sexual abuse by clerics that dramatically came to light in 2002, the church set up an aggressive safe environment program that is the envy of other organizations that work with children. From the 2009 audit, we can say the Catholic Church in the United States has:
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" Prayer for Healing Victims of Abuse
"So There is No Doubt"
Rosary Guide for Healing and Protection
"Prayer for Survivors"
Child Abuse Prevention Month Resources
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