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The Archdiocese of Los Angeles​ is committed to the Gospel message in our efforts to protect our children from child sexual abuse.

"The disciples approached Jesus and said, 'Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?' He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, 'Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me' " (Mt 18: 1–5).

Through the archdiocese's safe environment programs, policies, and procedures covering training, background checks​, and safe environment training and education​, we receive our children and young people in Jesus' name. We pledge to protect their innocence by being the ears, eyes, and voices of children, young people, and vulnerable adults to prevent abuse and harm in our churches, schools, homes, and communities.

These efforts have evolved and expanded since 2002, when the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops adopted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People. The charter is based on the Essential Norms for Diocesan/Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons. Using the charter as a foundation, the archdiocese is ever diligent in striving to go beyond the charter in our effort to find new and better ways to protect our most precious gift: our children.

In the archdiocese, the clergy and laity have a shared commitment to assure that the intention of the charter is integrated into the lives of the faithful. This chapter provides a guide and resources for those who are subject to or implement the safe environment efforts of the archdiocese.


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