March 30, 2006

2006 Annual Report Child Protection and Victim OutreachIn the Diocese of Arlington

Catholic Herald

Special to the HERALD
(From the issue of 3/30/06)

In his Feb. 17, 2005, letter to Catholics of the diocese, Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde wrote, “In keeping with the commitments we have made in the Charter and by our policy, annual reports on child protection efforts and victim outreach are a critical component to the framework we have put in place to heighten the safety of children under our care.”
The diocese was established in 1974 and encompasses 21 counties and seven cities in the northern tier of Virginia. The diocese consists of 67 parishes and 39 Catholic elementary and secondary schools, 155 diocesan priests, 73 religious priests, 58 deacons, and serves a population of over 400,000 registered Catholics. A total of 891 priests have served in the diocese since it was established. Bishop Loverde was installed as the third Bishop of Arlington, on March 25, 1999.
Background, 1974-2004
In accord with the Child Protection Policy, the diocese and its Advisory Board for Child Protection shall give an annual public report of the status of the Diocesan child protection activities, including any allegations of sexual abuse of minors by clergy in the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. On Feb. 19, 2004, the diocese issued its “Report on the History of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Clergy of the Diocese of Arlington, 1974-2004,” in which all cases of sexual abuse of minors by clergy reported to the diocese since the diocese’s founding in 1974 were reported.

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