The Archdiocese of Seattle has had a long commitment to the protection of children, youth and vulnerable adults. For more than twenty years, the Archdiocese has taken steps to assure the safety of those who are served in our parishes, schools and agencies. With the promulgation of this updated policy, we expand upon our historical efforts as we move beyond compliance and toward conversion.
Church personnel are called to high standards of ethical conduct and personal integrity. In our work, including as it relates to conduct, all have a sacred responsibility to uphold Church teaching. Furthermore, those in leadership roles and ministerial positions have a responsibility to lead a personal life that bears witness to Catholic teaching.