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Protecting God's Children

Child sexual abuse is a worldwide public health issue. Child abuse, particularly child sexual abuse, is reprehensible—especially when the wrongdoer is affiliated with the Church. The VIRTUS® programs assist the Church in being a safe haven for children and a messenger for preventing child sexual abuse within the Church and society in general. We seek to achieve this lofty goal through our child sexual abuse prevention program: Protecting God's Children®.​

Protecting God's Children Program

Most organizations that work with children have some sort of child safety program. Through the Protecting God's Children program, we maximize those efforts by helping churches and religious organizations refine their roles as child-safe environments and empowering caring adults to protect children.

Procedures for Reporting/Procedimientos Para Reportar

The Diocese of Oakland uses the following procedures as part of its pastoral response to these allegations:

  • The Diocese of Oakland will respond promptly (within 24 hours) to all allegations of clerical sexual misconduct.If the report has not been made to the local authority the Diocese will assist the victim in making such a report.
  • The first concern of the Diocese is to offer immediate and appropriate care to victims and their families.
  • The Diocese of Oakland recognizes the severe harm to the spiritual and emotional well-being of victims and their families and commits itself to reconciliation and healing.
  • In all cases, past and present, alleging sexual misconduct involving minors, the priest will be placed immediately on administrative leave and the Diocese of Oakland will comply with the obligations of civil law as regards reporting of the incident to legal authorities and cooperating with the investigation.
  • In cases not involving minors, the Diocese of Oakland will take immediate and appropriate steps to respond to victims compassionately and justly. If an allegation is supported by sufficient evidence the offending priest will be relieved from his ministerial duties and referred for medical evaluation and intervention.
  • The Diocese of Oakland values open communication and dialogue with the community concerning clerical sexual abuse within the confines of respect for the privacy of the individuals involved.
  • Any person who desires to report allegations of Sexual Abuse by Clergy needs to contact the Police or Sheriff’s Department and the Chancellor.

La Diócesis de Oakland utiliza los siguientes procedimientos como parte de su respuesta pastoral a estas acusaciones:

  • La Diócesis de Oakland responderá con prontitud (dentro de las siguientes 24 horas) a todas las denuncias sobre conducta sexual inapropiada del clero. Si el informe no se ha hecho a la autoridad local, la Diócesis ayudará a la víctima a efectuar dicho reporte.
  • La primera preocupación de la Diócesis es ofrecer atención inmediata y adecuada a las víctimas y sus familias.
  • La Diócesis de Oakland reconoce el daño  grave al bienestar espiritual y emocional de las víctimas y sus familias, y se compromete a la reconciliación y la sanación.
  • En todos los casos, pasados y presentes, que aleguen conducta sexual inapropiada que involucre a menores, el sacerdote será colocado inmediatamente en licencia administrativa y la Diócesis de Oakland cumplirá con las obligaciones de la ley civil con respecto a informar el incidente a las autoridades legales y cooperar con la investigación.
  • En los casos que no involucren a menores, la Diócesis de Oakland tomará medidas inmediatas y apropiadas para responder a las víctimas con compasión y justicia. Si una acusación está respaldada por suficiente evidencia, el sacerdote infractor será relevado de sus deberes ministeriales y remitido para evaluación e intervención médica.
  • La Diócesis de Oakland valora la comunicación abierta y el diálogo con la comunidad sobre el abuso sexual del clero dentro de los límites del respeto por la privacidad de las personas involucradas.
  • Cualquier persona que quiera denunciar alegaciones de abuso sexual por parte del clero debe comunicarse con el departamento de Policía de su ciudad o el Sherif de su condado y el Canciller de la Diócesis de Oakland

FAQ's

Child sexual abuse is a worldwide public health issue. Child abuse, particularly child sexual abuse, is reprehensible—especially when the wrongdoer is affiliated with the Church. The VIRTUS® programs assist the Church in being a safe haven for children and a messenger for preventing child sexual abuse within the Church and society in general. We seek to achieve this lofty goal through our child sexual abuse prevention program: Protecting God’s Children®.

Most organizations that work with children have some sort of child safety program. Through the Protecting God’s Children program, we maximize those efforts by helping churches and religious organizations refine their roles as child-safe environments and empowering caring adults to protect children.

Child abusers seek to operate and abuse their power within nurturing, child-friendly environments where it is assumed that nobody would want to harm a child. Religious organizations of all faiths are an easy target. The Protecting God’s Children program implements safety mechanisms that send a message to all abusers and potential abusers:

  • Child abuse is not tolerated,
  • Children are vigilantly protected,
  • Victims are listened to, heard, and shielded from further abuse, and
  • Offenders are identified and punished.

By utilizing best practices for training and loss prevention, the Protecting God’s Children program helps make churches safe for all people—especially children.

Maximizing a church’s role as a child-safe environment begins with making adults more aware of the ways children and adults interact with each other. The Protecting God’s Children program educates and trains adults (clergy, religious, teachers, staff, volunteers, and parents) about the dangers of abuse, the warning signs of abuse, the ways to prevent abuse, the methods of properly reporting suspicions of abuse, and responding to allegations of abuse.

All VIRTUS training programs, including the PROTECTING GOD’S CHILDREN programs, are comprehensive and multi-dimensional—incorporating proven best practice standards for the prevention of child sexual abuse by clergy, staff, volunteers, and others who interact with children within the church environment. Our training programs incorporate live training, train-the-facilitator education, awareness videos, and ongoing web-based training through online training bulletins and training modules via our VIRTUS Online system.

For any organization, the best practice to prevent wrongdoing, including child sexual abuse, is to have an organization use its own people to facilitate awareness of the issue. The Protecting God’s Children program begins with the training of internal facilitators-individuals selected by the archdiocese, diocese, or religious organization to train other adults and parents on how to best protect children. We use facilitator-led awareness sessions and continuous online training so that participants learn the best methods for delivering their message, including the training for the Protecting God’s Children program.

We begin by making adults of the Church that interact with children aware of how to protect children. Our Protecting God’s Children program for adults is a three-hour live awareness session instructing adults of the Church that to protect children you must have continuous awareness and vigilance. This awareness session makes trainees understand the signs of child sexual abuse, the methods and means by which offenders commit abuse, and five empowerment steps one can use to prevent child sexual abuse. Continuing online training is a valuable component of the Protecting God’s Children program for the continued awareness of child abuse.

Mass

Weekday English Mass:
7:30 AM (Rosary Following)

Weekday Spanish Mass:
Tuesday & Friday 6:00 PM

Saturdays English Mass:
7:30 AM & 5:00 PM

Sundays: 9:00 AM (English)
10:30 AM (Spanish)
1:00 PM (Spanish)

First Sunday of the Month:
5:00 PM (French)