Policies and Laws

Each person connected to the archdiocese—employees, religious and volunteers—are required to take Protecting God’s Children certification courses as well as undergo criminal background checks. The program empowers attendees to intervene and prevent potentially harmful situations or behavior.

Learn more about prevention programs

As a roadmap for our efforts in combatting sexual abuse of children, the Archdiocese of Detroit follows recommendations made by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. In response to reports of sexual abuse, the USCCB released the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in 2002, which outlines changes needed throughout every diocese.

Read the charter

Since 1988, the Archdiocese of Detroit has also maintained its own detailed policies and standards for preventing the sexual abuse of minors. The policies began as an attempt to heal the pain and anger of victims abused by priests and other church personnel. It is currently our standard for safety in parishes.

Read Sexual Abuse of Minors Policy

Today, the prevention of sexual abuse remains our focus and healing the wounds caused by our own clergy continues to be part of our efforts.