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Child and Youth Protection
INTERNATIONAL | CHILD AND YOUTH PROTECTION
The Legion of Christ’s Safe Environment Policy

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The Legionaries of Christ and consecrated members of Regnum Christi are deeply committed to the protection of children and young people in all their programs. Read more about the Legion’s commitment to the safety of minors in this interview with Fr Steven Reilly, LC, on the Legion’s safe environment accreditation with Praesidium.

The Legion abides by the document “Code of Conduct And Other Directives Pertaining to Safe Environment Issues in North America for the Legionaries of Christ and Consecrated Men of Regnum Christi.” This document, based on the Dallas Charter, sets forth clear guidelines for general conduct in ministry with minors. It also discusses boundary violations; reporting obligations; confidentiality, confession, spiritual direction, and mentoring; and what to do when there is an allegation of abuse. If you would like a copy of the Code of Conduct, please feel free to contact Fr Steven Reilly, LC, at sreilly@legionaries.org.

If we should happen to receive an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor, we pledge to respond in a pastoral and caring way and carry out an investigation in a timely manner. The “Guide for Those Who Have Brought Forward an Abuse Allegation” outlines the steps that will taken when these cases are brought to our attention in the North American territories. If you would like a copy of this guide, please contact Fr Steven Reilly, LC.

Finally, if anyone is aware of a Legionary or consecrated member of Regnum Christi having committed the sexual abuse of a minor, we strongly urge them to report it to the police or child protective services and to inform us as soon as possible. Child protection is of paramount importance for our religious community. We take to heart the Lord’s admonition, “Let the children come to me” (Luke 18:15).

To report sexual abuse of minors in the United States or Canada, any one of the following could be contacted:

Fr Steven Reilly, LC
Safe Environment Coordinator
590 Columbus Avenue
Suite 100
Thornwood, NY 10594-1907
(301) 580-0340
SReilly@Legionaries.org

Father Luis Garza, LC
Territorial Director of North America.
Legionaries of Christ
590 Columbus Avenue
Thornwood, NY  10594
(914) 749-3900



PUBLICATION DATE: 2011-01-07


 
 

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