Ethics and Policies
Relationships among people are the foundation of Christian ministry and are central to Church life. Defining healthy and safe relationships is not meant, in any way, to undermine the strength and importance of personal contact or the ministerial role. Rather, it is to assist all who fulfill the many roles that create the living Church to demonstrate their love and compassion for children and adults in the most sincere and genuine relationships.
It is with the intention that relationships in ministry be experienced at all times as charitable and without intention to do harm or allow harm to occur, that the following policy has been adopted by the Diocese of Burlington. All Church personnel are asked to carefully consider each standard in the Code of Conduct and within the Policies on Ethics and Integrity in Ministry before agreeing to adhere to the standards and continue in service to the Diocese.
- Church personnel will exhibit the highest Christian ethical standards and personal integrity.
- Church personnel will conduct themselves in a manner that is consistent with the discipline and teachings of the Roman Catholic Church.
- Church personnel shall provide a professional work environment that is free from physical, psychological, written, or verbal intimidation or harassment.
- Church personnel will avoid taking unfair advantage of a counseling relationship for the benefit of themselves.
- Church personnel will not physically, sexually or emotionally abuse or neglect a minor or an adult.
- Church personnel will share concerns about suspicious or inappropriate behavior with their pastor, their principal, the Office of the Vicar General or the Review Board.
- Church personnel will report any suspected abuse or neglect of a minor to the Vermont Department for Children and Families (DCF).
- Church personnel will accept their personal responsibility to protect minors and adults from all forms of abuse.