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What the Catholic Church is doing to protect our children!


"We bishops and eparchs must tenaciously maintain our commitment to the Charter mandates to ensure that children and youth are safe and that the victims of clergy sex abuse are able to heal from the effects of sexual abuse by representatives of the Church. Much progress has been made by the Catholic Church in addressing the impact of clergy sexual abuse of minors, but continued vigilance is a must.”


United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

What Is the USCCB Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection (CYP)?
The CYP is part of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and is located at the national headquarters in Washington, D.C. The Secretariat’s work is monitored by the National Review Board, which was also established by the bishops at the 2002 Dallas meeting. According to the Charter, the mandate of the CYP is threefold:
1. To assist each (arch)diocese/eparchy in the United States in implementing safe environment programs to ensure safety and security for all children as they participate in church and religious activities
2. To develop a mechanism to ensure compliance of the bishops with the responsibilities set forth in the Charter
3. To prepare a public annual report describing the compliance of each (arch)diocese/eparchy with the provisions of the Charter

The Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee On-Site Audit for 2012-2013 Results:
click on "Letter of Compliance 2012-13" under Documents on the Diocese website.

Victim Assistance Coordinators (Let them help you find healing)


Pensacola/Ft. Walton:
Louis M. Makarowski Ph.D.,P.A.
(850) 477-7181

Tallahassee/Panama City:
Dr. James Gagnon, MSW, LCSW
(850) 877-0205

For Spanish Speakers - En Español:
Santiago Molina
(850) 627-2350

These Victim Assistance Coordinators are an additional way that the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee has dedicated itself to addressing sexual abuse by clergy or other church personnel.