Office for the Protection of Children
The Diocese of Jackson is committed to ensuring that children served by the church are not at risk of sexual abuse by the Church personnel. Diocesan policies and procedures currently in place seek to protect, enhance and, in some cases, restore the trust that our faith calls for between agents of the Church and the children and adolescents entrusted to our care. In accordance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People passed by the U.S. bishops in Dallas, the Diocese of Jackson wishes to encourage any victim of sexual abuse by a member of the Catholic Clergy to come forward and begin the healing process. We encourage any victim to contact Ms. Valerie McClellan, Victims Assistance Coordinator at 601-326-3728.
Español: Siguiendo los Estadutos para la Protección de los Niños y Jóvenes, aprobada por los obispos en Dallas, la Diócesis de Jackson desea motivar a cualquiera víctima de abuso sexual por parte de un miembro del clero Católico a que se lo comuniquen para que comenze el proceso de sanación.Cuando una alegación es considerada credible, se ofrecerá asesoramiento, para que el proceso de recuperación pueda comenzar de acuerdo con nuestra política diocesana actual. Motivamos a las víctimas a contactar a la Sra. Valerie McClellan, Coordinadora Asistente de Víctimas al 601-326-3728.
Bishop Joseph Kopacz speaks about release of list of clergy credibly accused of abuse:
The Catholic Diocese of Jackson has published the names of clergy and ministers credibly accused of abuse HERE.
Safe Environment Training
During the first week of February, the Office of Child Protection sponsored training for more than 500 educators, employees, lay ministers and clergy. The featured speaker was Dr. Monica Applewhite, an internationally-recognized expert in abuse prevention. Here is just a sample of her presentation — an example of our ongoing commitment to the Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal.
The Diocese of Jackson uses VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children, as the initial safe environment training to train clergy, religious, lay employees and volunteers about safe environments.
As a part of the ongoing efforts for the Diocese of Jackson Protection of Children Program, all volunteers and employees will have access to monthly VIRTUS Protecting God’s Children training bulletins. The online bulletin format will require ongoing safe environment training for all clergy, religious, employees and volunteers who have significant contact with children and young people. Users will receive monthly email reminders from VIRTUS Online when a bulletin is available, which is within the first full week of each month.
Once a user logs in to https://www.virtus.org, sign-in with your username and password. You will have access to read the training bulletin within the training tab. You will be required to answer a multiple-choice question after you have read the bulletin. When you answer the question, submit the answer to update the Diocese of Jackson Protection of Children Database.
The training bulletins are also accessible in Spanish by clicking on “ESPANOL: ACESSO O INSCRIPCION” at https://www.virtus.org and logging in with your user ID and unique password.
We hope you find the training bulletins informative. And, thank you for your continued participation in the Diocese of Jackson Protection of Children Program.
Policies and Documents
- Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People-2018
- Bishop Kopacz Virtus letter 2016
- 2016 Policy Proclamation Letter
- Bishop Kopacz Called to Protect Letter
- Diocese of Jackson Policy for the Protection of Children for Clergy and religious
- Diocese of Jackson Policy regarding sexual misconduct by clergy or religious
- Diocese of Jackson Policy for Lay Church Personnel July 1 2016 Revision
- Diocese of Jackson Communications Policy
- Diocese of Jackson Protection of Children Brochure 3.21.14
- Protección de la Política de niños para Laicos de la Iglesia
- Office for Protection of Children Training en espanol
- Protection of Children Training and Record-Keeping for Site Administrator
- Protection of Children Letter of Promulgate July 2014
- Child Abuse Reporting Policy
- VIRTUS Initial Training Report
- Children and Youth Safe Environment Lesson Report
- Diocese of Jackson Child Protection Parent Meeting Report
- Diocese of Jackson Parent Meeting Report
- Diocese of Jackson Parent Opt-Out Report
- Diocese of Jackson Application for employees and volunteers
- Diocese of Jackson Application Spanish Volunteers and employees
- Diocese of Jackson Motor Vehicle Consent to release records
- Reporting Suspected Child Abuse (MS Dept of Child Protection Services form)
- Reporting Suspected Child Abuse (MDCPS contact information)
VIRTUS Teaching safety – Empowering God’s Children:
Diocesan Statements and Documentation
Diocese of Jackson Audit of Compliance In accordance with the USCCB Charter for the protection of children, the Diocese of Jackson submits to an audit of child protection policies, procedures and actions annually.
- 2018 Audit
- 2017 Audit
- 2016 Audit
- 2015 Audit
- 2014 Audit
- 2013 Audit
- 2012 Audit
- 2011 Audit
- 2010 Audit
- 2009 Audit
- 2008 Audit
- 2007 Audit
- 2005 Audit
- 2004 Audit
- 2003 Audit
Archived Diocesan Statements
- Statement regarding removal of Deacon Rick Caldwell from ministry 2018
- Statement regarding allegations against former Bro. Paul West 2018
- Statement regarding allegations against Rev. Timothy Crowley 2018
- Statement regarding John Jay College Study
- Statement Concerning Rev. Robert Olivier January 4, 2007
- Phillips’ Statement November 7, 2006
- Phillips’ Statement June 6, 2006
- Statement of Bishop Joseph Latino Regarding the Settlement with Victims of Sexual Abuse by Priests, March 16, 2006
- Joint Settlement Announcement March 16, 2006
- Statement Concerning William Wiebler, January 17, 2006
- Statement Concerning Mr. William Heller & SNAP mailing, August 26, 2005
- Statement Concerning James Trichell, August 25, 2005
- Discovery Issues Statement, August 12, 2005
- Supreme Court Decision in Morrison Case, May 5, 2005
- Statement Regarding Supreme Court Case – December 13, 2004
- Statement concerning Angie Phillips
- Statement regarding Reverend James Stein
- Statement regarding SNAP’s July 28 Press Conference
- Brief of Appellants – Morrison
- Final Judgment Dismissing Plaintiff’s Claims with Prejudice Angie Phillips vs Roman Catholic Diocese of Jackson,
- July 8, 2004 Statement Concerning Court Rulings of Judges DeLaughter and Yerger
- Statement Concerning Bill Heller’s Deposition Testimony Given On May 18, 2004
- John Does 10 and 11 v. The Catholic Diocese of Jackson Et Al.- Statement Concerning the Ruling of the Court on May 17, 2004 Relating to the Scheduled Deposition of Bill Heller, Principal
- Issuance of Final Judgment in the Mark Belenchia and John Doe 1 Lawsuit
- Statement Concerning Misleading SNAP Claims 4.2.04
- Statement on the Resignation of Bernard Cardinal Law 12.13.02
- Statement on Fr. Arnulfo Arandia 6.10.02
- Statement on George Broussard 6.10.02
- Statement on Morrison Lawsuit Filed 6.12.2002
- Opinion on Belenchia John Doe Complaint filed 7.17.2002
- Belenchia and Morrison lawsuits 3.12.03
- Statement Regarding SNAP’s Paid Clarion Ledger Advertisement Published 5.25.03
- Statement Regarding Judge Delaughter Judgement 10.1.03
Links and Data
- Pontifical Commission for the protection of Children
- USCCB office of Child Protection
- John Jay College Study: On May 18, 2011, a research team from John Jay College released a thorough study of causes and context of sexual abuse by priests during the years of 1950-2010. The report explains how physical settings and personal psychology played a role within culture and organizational environments allowing abuse to occur within the Catholic Church. The Diocese of Jackson released a statement related to the study the same day it was published.
- Accredited Schools Online Bullying Awareness Guidebook.
- Hell, Hope and Healing 4-part report from National Catholic Reporter
- Technology Safety Through the Eyes of Faith. A resource guide brought to you by a collaboration between the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. Includes tools, discussion points and ideas for parents, kids and educators regarding online safety.
- CommonSense Media Reviews, age ratings and other information regarding all types of media.
- Stop bullying Bullying resource sponsored by the U. S. Department of Health & Human Services.
- UNDERSTANDING CYBERBULLYING IN COLLEGE: tips, tools & solutions for recognizing and stopping bullying in social media and online
- Prevent Child Abuse Works to ensure health development of children nationwide.
- Netsmartz An interactive, educational program that provides age-appropriate resources to help children be safe on and off-line.
- National Center for Missing and Exploited Children Provides services and resources regarding child safety and prevention and offers technical assistance to child victims of abduction and sexual exploitation.
- Office of the Mississippi Attorney General Cybercrime tips for parents
- Mississippi Sex Offender Registry
- Suicide Awareness and Prevention