Safe, Secure, Healthy, Faith-Driven
The Byzantine Catholic Church of Passaic is dedicated to the realization of this special invitation of the Lord Jesus to our children and young people. To this end our Eparchy is committed to the Charter for the Protection of Children and Youth adopted by the Catholic Bishops of America in 2002 and particular state child protection laws. The heart of the USCCB charter is a commitment on the part of the various dioceses and eparchies within the United States to providing a pastoral experience where the children and young people of our churches may come to Jesus through the ministry of His church in a safe, secure and healthy environment.
To assure this possibility we must be a community that is tireless in its efforts to provide such an environment where authentic faith development can flourish. The child abuse scandal was a terrible chapter in the life of the church. Its impact upon the ministry of the church with children and youth was devastating. However, it would be an even greater tragedy if we were to allow the brokenness of disease and sin to continue to put our children at risk and impede their life in God.
The document linked below is intended to provide some helpful and important information regarding child sexual abuse. By our awareness and education we can protect our children and strive to prevent such sadness. By our vigilance we can assure them of an environment that truly reflects the presence and love of God.
Important Contact Information
Safe Environment Coordinator:
Fr. David J. Baratelli, Ed.S., M.Div.: 732-280-2682
Victim Assistance Coordinator
Dr. Maureen Daddona, Ph.D: 516-623-6456
National Child Abuse Hotline
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