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*As the children return to our programs this Fall, it is a good time to reinforce the Code of Conduct that has been signed by all staff and volunteers working in our parishes, schools and agencies. The Code of Conduct is a guideline for appropriate interaction between children and adults.*

 Code of Conduct for Church Personnel and Volunteers  



The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic

Priests in the United States, 1950-2010

A Report Presented to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
by the John Jay College Research Team

WASHINGTON (May 18, 2011)—A landmark study by researchers at John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York, which examined the causes and context of the clergy sexual abuse crisis in the U.S. Catholic Church, concluded that there was no single cause or predictor of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy. The report added that that situational factors and opportunity to abuse played a significant role in the onset and continuation of abusive acts.


Statement of Bishop William Murphy on Release of John Jay Study


Bishop William Murphy's Report to the Diocese:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Bishop William Murphy Coat of ArmsEvery year since 2002, I have written an open letter to all the faithful of the Diocese to give you a report on how we as a Diocese continue to fulfill our obligations and responsibilities to safeguard children and young people from the danger of sexual abuse by clerics and others within the Church.  This is a solemn moral obligation I as your bishop accepted when the bishops of the United States adopted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People at Dallas in 2002.  It is consistent with what I have done as your bishop beginning with my arrival here in September 2001 when I reviewed the unresolved cases and began to remove priests from pastoral ministry who had had credible allegations of sexual misconduct lodged against them. 


>>> Read the 2011 Report from the Bishop Here on the Protection of Children and Young People

>>> Read the Full 2010 Report from the Bishop Here on the Protection of Children and Young People  


Check Out These NEW Resources to help teach children how to be safer on & offline


 The internet offers a world of opportunities to socialize and communicate. But they come with risks.'s Net Cetera campaign provides information and resources about helping kids make safe, responsible decisions when they're online. 






 New Resources

Sexting Prevention  &  Sex & Tech Survey of Teens & Young Adults

New Resources For Our Talk 2 Us Program

 Download:   Prevent Child Abuse Awareness Booklet          Updated: Talk 2 Us Program Toolkit


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A Prayer for Healing

A Prayer for Healing  

Let us pray...

Jesus who invites the children to
come to him,
protect our children
strengthen them in time of danger,
heal them in time of sorrow
give them laughter and delight,
restore their innocence
for such is the kingdom of heaven.

 - Diocese of Rockville Centre