Safe Environment

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Key milestones in
STRENGTHENING CHILD
AND YOUTH PROTECTION

within the Church

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Key Points of the Code of Ethics and Integrity

for Conduct of Church Personnel

in the Diocese of Tyler

 

I. Church personnel will exhibit the highest Christian ethical standards and personal integrity.

II. Church personnel will conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with the discipline and teachings of the Catholic Church. 

III. Church personnel will foster a professional work environment that is free from physical, psychological, written, or verbal intimidation or harassment. 

IV. Church personnel will act professionally in all counseling, advising, or spiritual direction relationships protecting the well being of the other party at all times.

V. Church personnel will not physically, sexually or emotionally abuse or neglect a minor or an adult. 

VI. Church personnel will share concerns about suspicious or inappropriate behavior with their pastor, their principal, the Promoter of Justice, or the Bishop.

VII. Church personnel will report any suspected abuse or neglect of minors or the elderly to: Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (1-800-252-5400) or www.txabusehotline.org.  In case of an EMERGENCY, call 911.

VIII. Church personnel will accept their personal responsibility to protect minors and adults from all forms of abuse.

IX. Church personnel will guide their behaviors by this Code, civil and canon law, policies of the Diocese of Tyler, particularly the diocesan guidelines for Ethics and Integrity in Ministry.  (Guidelines can be found at: www.dioceseoftyler.org/pages/departments/ethics-and-integrity.) 

Our Parish Contact Person:

Howard Bleekman

(979) 324-6947

hwbleekman@gmail.com