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The Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America have accepted the call to evangelize youth within the mission of the Catholic Church, and we complete this work primarily in schools where the Members minister. In these and in parish, health care, counseling and other ministries we follow the example of our Founder, Blessed Edmund Rice, who attended to the needs of the vulnerable and nurtured the dignity of the human person. Sexual abuse of minors is abhorrent to Blessed Edmund's example, to our vocation as Christian Brothers, and to the Gospel values we profess. We Christian Brothers share in the anger and anguish expressed by many Catholics and many in our society over the abuse committed by priests, religious brothers and religious sisters. We are committed to the prevention of any recurrence of abusive acts. Furthermore, we attempt to reach out to victims with care for their healing and hope to rebuild the trust that has been lost. Abusive behavior will not be tolerated. We will do all in our power to prevent abuse. To assist us in fulfilling that commitment, we have formulated these policies for the protection of those in our care.
Scope of This Policy
The focus of this policy is to provide a safe environment of those we serve and the policy will address allegations of sexual abuse of minors by current Members of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America. If a former or deceased member is accused, this policy will apply as appropriate. This policy also applies to those situations where Brothers would minister to vulnerable adults. Policies herein reflect current Province policy. Language, structure and examples of behavior borrow heavily from the documents "Policies for Maintaining Ethical Ministry with Minors" and "Policies for Maintaining Ethical Ministry with Adults" by Praesidium, Inc.
Policy adopted by the Province Leadership Team of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America, November 1, 2006