Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America

Ethics in Ministry Policy for Positive Relationships
Between Brothers and Minors and Vulnerable Adults

The following is an excerpt. To obtain a copy of the full policy, send an email to the site contact; please enter "Abuse Policy" in the subject line.


The Mission of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America

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

Abuse Prevention Accreditation

The Conference of Major Superiors of Men established a system of accountability and transparency which utilizes an accreditation model and contracted with Praesidium, Inc. to become the accrediting body for men’s religious orders and congregations. The process requires that an independent team of specialists from Praesidium independently verify that the Standards for Accreditation have been met. Praesidium specialists have thoroughly reviewed the policies of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers, conducted site visits, interviewed members of the Province, including those in formation, our vocation and formation directors, members of the Provincial Council and members of our Review Board.

The Christian Brothers are pleased to announce that the accreditation process has concluded successfully and that the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers North America is now Praesidium Accredited™, the highest honor in abuse prevention practices.

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