Ethics and Integrity in Ministry
The Diocese of Tyler expects all Church personnel – whether priest, deacon, religious, paid employee, or volunteer – to conduct their lives and ministry (whether in a parish, mission, Catholic school, or other Catholic institution or ministry) with ethics and integrity.
While the Second Vatican Council calls all baptized and confirmed Christians to holiness, the obligation upon Church personnel is increased because of their education and position. They should lead by an example that will inspire others to follow Jesus more closely in their life and they should always safeguard the well-being of others. Ethics and integrity in ministry require “doing what is right” rather than simply not breaking the rules.
All Church personnel are to be committed to a life of ethics and integrity and formally commit themselves to the Code of Conduct for Church Personnel in the Diocese of Tyler.
- Safe Environment Program
- Church Personnel Certification
- Reporting and Victim Assistance
General Information & Policies
- Policy and Guidelines on Ethics and Integrity: English | Spanish (Revision Coming Soon)
- Code of Conduct for Church Personnel: English | Spanish
- Public Outreach to Victims of Abuse
- Statements on the Rights of Victims and Accused
- Notice of Concern Form
Diocesan Review Board
The Diocesan Church Personnel Conduct Review Board is a confidential consultative body to the bishop in discharging his responsibilities to oversee the conduct of Church personnel in accordance with the law, policies, and justice. It is rooted in the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young Persons but is also available to consult the bishop on broader issues of ethics and integrity in the diocese.
Listing of Credible Allegations of Abuse by Clergy
The Diocese of Tyler Safe Environment Program is conducted cooperatively with parents, civil authorities, educators, and community organizations to provide education and training for children, youth, parents, ministers, educators, volunteers, and others about ways to make and maintain a safe environment for children and young people.
- Blue Sunday Day of Prayer Resources
- Child Abuse Prevention Resources from USCCB
- Bulletin Flyer for April 2022: English | Spanish
- 2022 Safe Environment Program Decree (PDF)
- Decree Implementing VIRTUS Program (PDF)
- 2021 Safe Environment Program Decree (PDF)
- April 2021 – Child Abuse Prevention Month Resources from USCCB
- Blue Sunday 2021 (April 25) Resources
- Bulletin Flyer for April 2021: English | Spanish
- Outreach Flyer for Parishes: English | Spanish
- Warning Signs of Abuse Flyer: English | Spanish
- Recognizing Child Abuse and Neglect
- 2019 Safe Environment Program Decree (PDF)
- 2019 Safe Environment Week Letter/Bulletin Insert from Bishop Strickland (PDF)
- April 2019 “Blue Sunday” Resources
- Child Abuse Prevention Month Resources from USCCB
- Prayer to St. Maria Goretti, patroness of abused children: English Prayer Bulletin Insert/Flyer (PDF)
- Oración a Santa María Goretti, patrona de los niños que han sido abusados: Spanish Prayer Bulletin Insert/Flyer (PDF)
Every year, the children in our schools and religious education programs receive lessons in keeping themselves safe.
Our safe environment lesson plans address each grade level with instruction and materials that are age-appropriate, user-friendly, and fully consistent with the moral teachings of the Catholic Church. The lessons are designed to promote respect for the dignity of the human person and virtuous living.
These lessons equip teachers, parents/guardians, and students with knowledge that can help keep children and young people safe while providing this instruction in a way that fosters the formation of Christian virtues. These lessons were developed by the Safe Environment Office of the Archdiocese of New York, in consultation with professional educators and child safety experts.
Church Personnel Certification
As Christian adults, we have a moral and legal responsibility and are entrusted by God with the spiritual, emotional, and physical well-being of minors and vulnerable adults as they participate in activities within or sponsored by our diocese. It is our responsibility and commitment to provide an environment which is safe and nurturing.
All those who engage in ministry in the Diocese of Tyler must have an Church Personnel Certification (CPC) in the diocese. The CPC includes training, a criminal background check, and commitment to the diocesan Code of Conduct for Church Personnel. The CPC is required for all employees and other volunteers who will be working with minors or vulnerable adults. An CPC is valid for three years.
Information for Church Personnel (Employes and Volunteers)
STEPS TO ACQUIRE OR RENEW YOUR CPC
A revised process is coming in July 2022.
Information for Pastors and Local Contact Persons
SCHEDULE TRAINING SESSIONS
If you wish to schedule an in-person training session in your area, pastors or parish administrators should follow these requirements and contact a certified CPC facilitator (see below).
The diocese has appointed a group of official facilitators from every deanery. These faclitators have been carefully selected and have agreed to serve the diocese in this capacity. Please select facilitators closest to your parish.
Revised List Coming Soon
LOCAL CONTACT PERSONS (PARISH SAFE ENVIRONMENT COORDINATORS)
Revised List Coming Soon
If you have questions? Please contact:
Reporting and Victim Assistance
IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OR KNOW A VICTIM:
If you know or suspect that a minor or vulnerable adult is currently being abused or is in danger, immediately report it to state/local law enforcement or the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services at (800) 252-5400 or txabusehotline.org.
The Diocese of Tyler is committed respecting the dignity of all persons and to helping anyone who may have been hurt or abused by a priest, deacon, religious, or anyone working in the name of the Church.
Any current or past cases of abuse involving Church personnel should be reported to civil authorities and also to the Victim Assistance Coordinator at (903) 266-2159 or email@example.com.
Si sabe o sospecha que un menor o un adulto vulnerable está siendo abusado actualmente o está en peligro, denúncielo inmediatamente a la policía estatal/local o al Departamento de Servicios Familiares y de Protección de Texas al (800) 252-5400 o txabusehotline.org.
La diócesis de Tyler está comprometida a respetar la dignidad de todas las personas y a ayudar a cualquier persona que hubiera haber podido ser herida o abusada por un sacerdote, diácono, religioso, o cualquier persona que trabaje en nombre de la Iglesia. Cualquier caso de abuso, bien sea actual o en el pasado, que involucre al personal de la Iglesia debe ser reportado a las autoridades civiles, así como al coordinador de asistencia a las víctimas – al (903) 266-2159 o firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional Help for Victims
Besides contacting the Diocese of Tyler, there are also other groups to provide assistance to those abused by priests, deacons, or religious.
For those seeking spiritual healing the Maria Goretti Network, a new lay group of survivors reaching out to other survivors, is a possible resource. Another such group is Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, a support group headed by recovering survivors of abuse by clergy. There are also some more specialized groups, such as: The Regain Network for victims of abuse of any kind by the Legion of Christ and the Regnum Christi. Mothers against Sexual Abuse is another resource.
Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service
ReportBishopAbuse.org or (800) 276-1562
The Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service has been established to receive reports of sexual abuse and related misconduct by bishops, and to relay those reports to proper Church authorities for investigation. Where a report includes a crime, such as the sexual abuse of a minor, it will also be reported to civil authorities. Otherwise, reports will be kept confidential.
If you have any other kind of complaint about a bishop—such as parish assignments, church closings, or homily contents—please address those directly to the Diocese of Tyler. Sexual abuse by a priest, deacon or a staff member or volunteer of the Church should be reported as instructed on this page.
If you are the victim of sexual abuse (or any other crime), please contact local law enforcement.
Links and Information
- Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors
- USCCB Charter for Protection of Children and Young People
- Apostolic Letter Vos Estis Lux Mundi of Pope Francis
- Diocesan Social Media Policy: English | Spanish
- Visit www.bluesunday.org for free church bulletins, videos, press release, Happy Family’s children handouts, and more
Note: These sites are secular sites and so not all materials on them may be appropriate for Catholic families.
- Grooming: Basic description of the grooming process
- NetSmartz: www.netsmartz.org Good materials at various grade levels.
- NetSmartzKids: www.netsmartzkids.org Child-friendly activity site
- NS Teens: www.nsteens.org Teen friendly site connected with NetSmartz
- Coalition for children: www.safechild.org Materials for children safety
- TX Attorney General: www.oag.state.tx.us
- Booklet on Child Abuse: .pdf of booklet
- State Crime Victims on Abuse: www.oag.state.tx.us/victims/childabuse.shtml
- www.childhelpusa.org – This site has free downloads and inexpensive materials
Protecting Our Children: A Family’s Response to Sexual Abuse
Protecting Our Children: A Family’s Response to Sexual Abuse, a short documentary film produced by the Knights of Columbus, offers families a deeply personal and practical account of how one Knight and his family addressed their son’s abuse by a close family friend. The film presents parents with the scope and scale of the risks families face from sexual abuse in today’s society and provides them with knowledge and concrete steps they can follow to help keep their children safe. Click here to view the accompanying Guide For Families, a practical resource that contains useful information to help families protect their children from the risk of abuse.
For more, visit: https://www.kofc.org/en/safe-environment-program/index.html