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Bishop’s Letter & Catholic Perspective Address Child Abuse Prevention Month

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month in the United States. In a letter to the faithful of the Diocese of Raleigh, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge explained how this observance provides an opportunity to the Church and the Diocese of Raleigh to “renew our commitment to provide safe environments for children and youth.”

Bishop Burbidge noted that since adoption of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People in 2003 and the revised Diocesan guidelines to comply with the Charter, the Diocese has trained more than 15,000 members of our parishes and Diocesan staff in recognizing and reporting child abuse and neglect.

In his letter, Bishop Burbidge asked the faithful to join him in praying for “the healing love of Christ upon anyone who has experience abuse.”

The important subject of child abuse protection is the topic of this week’s Catholic Perspective, the weekly Diocesan TV program, available on community access channels in some parts of the Diocese and on the Diocesan website.

Dr. John Pendergrass, Director of the Diocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection, discusses the Diocesan policy and reviews the procedures for the training of staff and volunteers and the reporting of suspected child abuse. He also explains the procedure called for in the Memorandum of Understanding the Diocese has with the North Carolina Council of District Attorneys, should an allegation be made regarding child sexual abuse by clergy, staff or volunteer. The second part of the program includes a discussion with Mrs. Mary DiSano on the Diocesan Office of Catechesis and Faith Formation.

Catholic Perspective is available on the following Time Warner Cable systems in the Diocese:

Raleigh on Mondays at 7:00 p.m. on Cable Channel 22; in Durham on Thursdays at 9:30 a.m. on Cable Channel 8; in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Hillsborough on Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. on Cable Channel 8; and in Greenville on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. on Cable Channel 69. The program is also broadcast on the Time-Warner Faith on Demand Channel in Craven, New Hanover, Brunswick, Onslow and Pender Counties, allowing viewers to watch at any time during the week.

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