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The Gospels of Mark and Luke include the story where Jesus reprimands his disciples for not allowing little children to come to Him. Jesus asserts that His Father's Kingdom belongs to little children.

Our Lord was emphasizing the openness, trust, and sheer wide-eyed wonder with which children approach life. He wanted his followers to contemplate the possibilities of God's Kingdom for them with the same childlike wonder.

It is extremely sad, therefore, to contemplate the terrible effects that the crime of child sexual abuse has on children and young people and their families, and sadder still to consider that this has occurred within our Church.

The mission of the diocese's "Safe Environment Program" is to insure the safety of children and young people who have been entrusted to our care in our parishes, schools, religious education classes, and other programs.

We pursue this mission in four ways:

  1. By thoroughly screening and supervising all Church ministers, employees and volunteers who work with children and young people as part of their ministry.
  2. By providing appropriate training in recognizing and reporting child abuse.
  3. By holding all Church ministers, employees and volunteers who work with children and young people to Christ-centered and professional codes of conduct.
  4. By providing the opportunity for every minor in Catholic schools and parish faith formation programs to participate annually in a safety training covering the topics of sexual abuse prevention and the need to tell if abuse is occurring.

 


To report suspected abuse:


Kentucky Child Protection Hot Line:
1-877-KYSAFE1
or
1-877-597-2331
(Toll Free)

or your local Commonwealth Attorney.

Sexual Abuse Allegation Form / Spanish
(To report abuse by anyone acting in the name of the Church.)

You may also contact a member of the Diocesan Review Board.

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Office Staff:


Sr.Ethel-Marie Biri, Director of Pastoral Planning & Parish Services
Molly Thompson, Coordinator
Donna Biggs & Rita Hayden, Administrative Assistants



Diocesan Review Board


Mr. Ken Bennett
Mr. Mike Boone
Ms. Kaye Castlen
Rev. Mike Clark, JCL
Dr. Michael Farina
Mr. Mike Flaherty, Vice Chair
Ms. Rhonda Gillham
Mr. Nicholas Goetz
Mr. Brandon Harley, Chair
Ms. Teresa Henry
Ms. Mary Beth Hurley
Ms. Kelly Roe
Sr. Ethel Marie Biri, SSND, Bishop's Liaison

United States Catholic Bishops Office for Child and Youth Protection