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The Diocese of Manchester has comprehensive policies and procedures in place to protect minors as well as adults.
The main documents that outline these policies are the Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal Policy for the Protection of Children (“Policy”) and the Serving Christ, Serving Others Code of Ministerial Conduct (“Code”).
The Code clarifies the general ethical principles that are expected of Church personnel in order to ensure integrity in ministry and sets forth the process for handling violations of these principals. The Code includes general standards for ethical and moral behavior, including preventing sexual harassment, standards for working with minors, and standards for spiritual and pastoral counseling relationships.
The Policy is more specifically focused on preventing, investigating, and remedying sexual abuse of minors and requires that Church personnel comply with state law and enhanced reporting with respect to suspected sexual abuse of minors..
The Code and Policy were first promulgated on December 29, 2003. The Code and Policy are reviewed and revised every four years.
Code & Policy
Code and Policy (11/01/2019) - English | Spanish
Updates to the 2019 Code and Policy
Decree Issuing Code and Policy as Particular Law
Executive Summary of Code - English | Spanish | Portuguese | Vietnamese
Executive Summary of Policy - English | Spanish | Portuguese | Vietnamese
Other Policies and Guidelines
Boundaries when Teaching Online
CORI Policy 05/2021
Electronic Communications Policy (includes Social Networking Guidelines)
Emergency Plan - Parish Faith Formation Programs
Extern Priest Policy 5/2018
Guidelines for Field Trips/Outings
Holy See Procedures Concerning Sexual Abuse Allegations
Policy for Online Meetings with Minors in Parishes
Registered Sex Offender Guidelines
Screening & Training Protocol 07/15/22