We are committed to safety, justice and healing to protect our vulnerable populations. The Diocese of Orlando has been found compliant with all audited articles within the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People for the 2018/2019 period. Read the compliance letter.
Statewide (DCF) Abuse Hotline: 1-800-96-ABUSE (1-800-962-2873)
Remaining Catholic: A Survivor’s Perspective – October 15, 2019
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Episode 14: Mike Hoffman, a survivor of child sexual abuse and an advocate for abuse prevention, shares his own stories of healing, faith, family and why he chooses to remain an active Catholic.
U.S. Bishops Vote in Favor of Three Additional Bishop Accountability Measures During Baltimore General Assembly – June 13, 2019
U.S. Catholic Bishops approved three additional measures to address abuse and bishop accountability during their annual Spring General Assembly in Baltimore. The measures expand upon the Pope Francis’s Motu proprio and the U.S. Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The reforms are designed to hold bishops accountable for instances of sexual misconduct against minors and vulnerable adults…
USCCB unveils new website ahead of bishops meeting June 11-14 – June 7, 2019
The USCCB launched a new website (usccbprevention.org) highlighting the importance of prevention, protection and accountability in response to the ongoing effort to eradicate clergy sexual abuse. As the American bishops prepare to meet in Baltimore for their Spring General Assembly next week, this new site serves as a resource detailing the steps the American bishops are taking to confront this crisis. On the site, Readers can browse through the layers of the Holy Father’s Motu Proprio, the 2002 Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and its progress, as well as the new reforms set to be discussed in Baltimore. There are also numerous readily available resources to address any instance of clergy sexual abuse…
Worldwide order to Church from Pope in response to evil of sexual abuse – May 9, 2019
Pope Francis’ Motu proprio, “Vos estis lux mundi,” (English, Spanish) establishes new procedures for reporting abuse and violence, and ensures that Bishops and Religious Superiors are held accountable for their actions. It includes the obligation for clerics and religious to report abuse. Every Diocese must have a system that allows the public to submit reports easily….
Ensuring a safe environment for the vulnerable – April 8, 2019
“Each person should be respected and treated with the dignity befitting a child of God and it is everyone’s responsibility to safeguard those around us. These are the core values of the Safe Environment Policy of the Diocese of Orlando. For this reason, diocesan leaders continue to update, improve upon, and insert Catholic teaching into the training process for all clergy, religious, church personnel and lay volunteers who work with vulnerable populations…”
Bishop Noonan reflects on the “now” of God – February 22, 2019
“Where is your heart? Is it struggling with anger and disappointment? Perhaps some of that is directed at me for something you perceive I did or did not do. I am sorry for your disappointment. This week, February 21 – 24, our Holy Father has gathered the presidents of the Bishops’ Conferences of the Catholic Church on the theme of ‘protection of minors.’ Let us pray together for those who are participating that God’s love will be a source of unification and that our collective heart will repent and forgive our sinfulness.”
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