The Catholic Diocese of Wilmington was found to be in compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, the comprehensive action plan adopted by the U. S. bishops to deal with the sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy and other church personnel.

The findings are a result of an on-site review of data collected for the 2017-18 Charter audit period by StoneBridge Business Partners, an independent firm hired by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Diocese of Wilmington was found to be in compliance in all audits including its first audit in 2004.

“We are happy to report another successful audit,” said the Most Rev. W. Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington. “During this time when so many of us are once again saddened and angered by reports of sexual abuse of children by clergy, it is a reminder to us that we must always fight to avoid complacency and keep vigilant in our work to protect our precious children and young people.”

Currently, there are about 13,000 active individuals — including clergy, deacons and parish and school staff and volunteers — who have undergone background checks and have been cleared for ministry with young people in the Diocese of Wilmington through its “For the Sake of God’s Children” safe environment program.

Information regarding the Catholic Diocese of Wilmington’s comprehensive safe environment program, “For the Sake of God’s Children,” is available at

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