Our Commitment

We, at Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of St Peter the Apostle, are doing everything in our power to prevent the sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults by priests and other diocesan and parish staff and volunteers.

Our Eparchy is committed to providing outreach to anyone who has been a victim of sexual abuse currently or in the past, and to cooperate with civil authorities and be transparent if such allegations come forth. This is why we have established a Safe Environments Office, to provide outreach and to ensure that all parishes are conforming to the U.S. Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

How we protect children

Starting in 2002, the U.S. Catholic Church directed every diocese to implement Safe Environment programs to keep children safe from sexual abuse. These were mandated in the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,” which was a response to the revelations of sexual abuse by priests and other clergy.

The Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of St Peter the Apostle implemented these programs at all of its parishes, schools and administrative offices. The Eparchy reviews compliance yearly at all of those locales.

How to report suspected abuse and what diocese does

Anyone who believes they were the victim of sexual abuse by a member of the clergy, church staff, or volunteer may contact the Victim Assistance Coordinator. A report may be made regardless of when the abuse occurred. Reports may be made in English, Chaldean or Arabic.