The Archdiocese of Kingston recognizes the dignity and rights of all minors and vulnerable persons and is committed to ensuring their safety and well-being in way that promotes their human dignity, integrity, and worth as members of the People of God.
In keeping with our commitment for a safe environment, the Archdiocese has implemented a Screening Policy and a Code of Pastoral Conduct to prevent misconduct and protect all those we serve through our programs and in our facilities, in particularly the young and the vulnerable, as well as those who serve: clergy, religious, employees and volunteers.
Furthermore, the Archdiocese, recognizing the reality that there is always the possibility of misconduct towards others, and being sensitive to the needs and fears of victims, has developed policies to assist the Church in responding with charity, justice and healing to any allegations of sexual misconduct.
The following protocols are an integral part of the Safe Environment policy of the Archdiocese of Kingston:
These protocols apply to priests and deacons serving in the Archdiocese, whether incardinated in Kingston Archdiocese, in another diocese or a member of a religious order. These protocols also apply to staff and volunteers and religious sisters and brothers employed with the Archdiocese of Kingston.
These protocols do not apply to corporate bodies that have a Catholic identity, such as schools and school boards, social welfare agencies and hospitals. Staff and volunteers of these entities are subject to their own institutional policies.