...But Jesus said, "Let the children come to me,
and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of
heaven belongs to such as these."
When the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops published their Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal: Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, each diocese and eparchy became responsible for a series of actions designed to protect God's children. These actions include: background checks of all adults in ministry with minors; establishing safe environment training programs for adults, children and youth; pastoral care for those hurt by the Church, and strict accountability for all of its activities in these endeavors.
The Diocese of Superior embraced the Bishops' charge. Since the very beginning, diocesan staff have spent countless hours planning, researching, designing, and evaluating programs and guidelines to meet the expectations of the USCCB Charter, but more importantly, to safeguard the children and youth entrusted to the Catholic Church of northwestern Wisconsin.
Resources have been gathered and developed to assist pastors and catechetical leaders of the Diocese of Superior to protect our most precious asset - our children. It is with a strong parish-diocesan partnership that we will clear a safe path for our children to follow to our Lord Jesus Christ.
...Never waiver in your faith that the work you do falls under the shadow
of the Almighty. You are hand picked by Him to help His little children
(young and old) heal their broken heartedness and to protect them...
cf. Teresa Kettelkamp
Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection
US Conference of Catholic Bishops