Code of Pastoral Conduct/Policies and Procedures
The Diocese of Victoria recognizes that sexual abuse of minors constitutes one of the most serious breeches of trust in human relationships and that it can have devastating consequences for the victim and his/her family and for the church community at large.
The Diocese of Victoria sets forth the following policy and procedure regarding sexual abuse of minors for the reasons stated above.
Priests, deacons, pastoral ministers, administrators, staff, and volunteers in our parishes, religious communities/institutes, and organizations must uphold Christian values and conduct. In addition to following the Gospel and its mandates, these individuals are expected to act properly at all times in light of contemporary society and its needs.
The Code of Pastoral Conduct for the Diocese of Victoria provides a set of standards for conduct in pastoral situations.