Safe Environment Program

(Protecting God’s Children)

It is the goal of the Diocese of Columbus to make the Church a place of safety:

The Church is to be a place of prayer, ministry, and comfort.  Everyone who enters our churches, schools, or facilities must be confident in this.  Not one child or young person should suffer from abuse while at Church.  In order to assure the safety of our children and young people, the Diocese of Columbus has enacted a complete program of protection.  As part of this program, the Diocese of Columbus will provide appropriate, just, and pastoral care for anyone who has suffered the crime of sexual abuse of a minor at the hands of diocesan clergy or church employees or volunteers.  The Diocese of Columbus will report any and all allegations of abuse reported to it to the authorities and will cooperate fully with those authorities.

Diocesan Victims Assistance Coordinator
The Reverend Monsignor Stephan J. Moloney


Diocesan Materials & Resources
Complaint Form for Allegations of Sexual Abuse of a Minor
Protecting God’s Children Brochure
Protecting God’s Children FAQ
Diocesan Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry protection policies


Forms & Policies
Code of Conduct for Catechetical Leaders
Policy Civil Criminal Background Checks
Curriculum Support for “Protecting God’s Children
Code of Conduct for Catechists
Harassment Policy: Personnel
Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons
Harassment Policy: Children and Youth


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