Promise to Protect
We are dedicated to creating a safe environment for everyone with policies and procedures to prevent, recognize, and report signs of the sexual abuse of children and vulnerable adults.
- Every bishop, priest, deacon, employee, and volunteer, who has contact with children in any capacity, must
- Undergo a background check
- Complete training at least every three years on how to prevent, recognize, and report the sexual abuse of children
- Adhere to an established code of conduct.
- Every visiting priest, deacon, or lay minister must provide a Letter of Suitability for Ministry from their local bishop or religious superior, stating that the individual is in compliance with safe environment policies and has no known criminal background.
- All Catholic elementary and high schools and parish faith formation programs from Kindergarten through 12th Grade offer annual age-appropriate training on personal safety and sexual abuse prevention.
The Diocese of San José strictly adheres to a zero-tolerance policy and promptly notifies law enforcement and child protective services when abuse is reported, following mandated reporter laws. The Diocese cooperates with law enforcement during any necessary investigation.
Read the Diocese of San José’s Safe Environment Policy.
In 2002, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops established the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People (commonly called the Dallas Charter), together with the Essential Norms and Statement of Episcopal Commitment. The Charter, last revised in 2018, outlines:
- Procedures for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy
- Guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability, and prevention of future acts of abuse.
The full version of the Charter and Norms is available here in English and Spanish.
Read more on how the Diocese works to bring about healing and reconciliation.
Read more on how the Diocese works to ensure accountability and transparency.
To report abuse or suspected abuse, first call law enforcement; and second, contact the Diocese toll-free at (844) 372-1691, or to our third-party reporting site, https://opcva.ethicspoint.com.