Over the last number of years the Diocese of Lansing has been in the forefront in facing and dealing in a proactive manner with the topic of sexual abuse of minors. The following links are to resources and documentation as to how the diocese is complying with the U.S. Bishops' Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and our own policies and procedures:
Virtus Awareness Training
Since August, 2003, over 25,000 Diocese of Lansing priests, deacons, religious, professional staff and volunteers from our 83 parishes, 33 schools and other agenices have taken part in the VIRTUS Protecting God's Children awareness sessions offered in conjunction with Virtus.
Charter Compliance Audit
Audits are conducted annually in dioceses and eparchies in the United States regarding the ". . .progress made in implementing and maintaining the standards. . ." of the Charter . (Article 9, Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, revised June 2011). The Diocese of Lansing has been in full compliance with the Charter and complied with the recommendations and required actions given by the auditors.
When the Diocese of Lansing Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures manual was updated and promulgated in November, 2000, a summary flyer was given to parishes for distribution to parishioners and display in periodical racks. This flyer was updated after the Charter was promulgated to highlight the programs and policies of the diocese and includes contact information to report an incident of sexual abuse of a minor.
In November, 2000 Bishop Mengeling promulgated an updated Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures manual. One of the most comprehensive in the nation at the time, the policy was among the first to require that any knowledge of sexual abuse of a minor be immediately reported to proper law enforcement authorities.