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Diocese in Compliance with National Charter

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The Diocese of Raleigh has been informed that a recent audit conducted on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has found the Diocese to be in compliance with the National Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

The independent audit was conducted by StoneBridge Business Partners of Rochester, NY, as part of the commitment made by the USCCB in 2002 in the wake of the clergy sex abuse crisis. Since 2003, independent audits have been conducted of dioceses on a regular basis to assure compliance with the thirteen articles of the National Charter pertaining to accountability to individuals who report sexual misconduct of clergy regarding a child or young person. The Diocese of Raleigh has been found to be in compliance each time.

The most recent audit was conducted October 15-16 and covered the 2011-2012 calendar years. The on-site visit included a review of records relating to the National Charter’s articles and the Diocese’s Safe Environment Program. The auditor met individually with Bishop Michael F. Burbidge; Vicar General, Monsignor David D. Brockman; Chief Operating Officer Russell C. Elmayan; Diocesan Safe Environment Coordinator Dr. John A. Pendergrass, the Diocesan Victim’s Assistance Coordinator and other Diocesan officials.

“The audit process provides not only an affirmation of our Diocesan Policies and Procedures for the Program for the Protection of Children and Young People,” said Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, “but also the opportunity to express our renewed commitment as a Diocese to providing a safe environment in our parishes, schools and in all of our Diocesan facilities.”

“Through the efforts of many, our Diocese has diligently worked to fulfill the commitments made in the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,” said Dr. John Pendergrass. “Through our network of parish based safe environment teams over 20,000 adults have completed training in recognizing and report child abuse and neglect,” Dr. Pendergrass noted. “The Diocese has also completed more than 20,000 criminal background screenings of clergy, staff, educators and volunteers. Our Code of Conduct for all in ministry helps us to remain aware of our duty to respect all entrusted to our care.”

Dr. Pendergrass added that the Diocese of Raleigh remains committed to protecting and safeguarding our children and youth. He invited anyone with a question or concern to contact him at 1-866-535-7233.

Learn more of the Diocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection & the National Charter