Ethics and Integrity / Safe Envrionment

The Diocese of Tyler expects all Church personnel (whether priest, deacon, religious, paid employee, or volunteer) to conduct their lives and ministry (whether in a parish, mission, Catholic school, or other Catholic institution or ministry) with ethics and integrity. While the Second Vatican Council calls all baptized and confirmed Christians to holiness, the obligation upon Church personnel is increased because of their education and position. They should lead by an example that will inspire others to follow Jesus more closely in their life and they should always safeguard the well-being of others. Ethics and integrity in ministry require “doing what is right” rather than simply not breaking the rules. All Church personnel are to be committed to a life of ethics and integrity and formally commit themselves to the Code of Ethics and Integrity for the Conduct of Church Personnel in the Diocese of Tyler.

Victim Assistance

IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OR KNOW A VICTIM:

The Diocese of Tyler is committed to provide help to anyone who may have been hurt or abused by a priest, deacon, religious, or anyone working in the name of the Church.

If you know or suspect that a minor or vulnerable adult is currently being abused or is in danger, immediately report it to your local police department or the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS).

Please also report abuse, and any concerns relating to ethics and integrity of Church personnel, to our hotline at (903) 266-2159. 

Additional Help for Victims

Besides contacting the Diocese of Tyler, there are also other groups to provide assistance to those abused by priests, deacons, or religious.

For those seeking spiritual healing the Maria Goretti Network, a new lay group of survivors reaching out to other survivors, is a possible resource. Another such group is Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, a support group headed by recovering survivors of abuse by clergy. There are also some more specialized groups, such as: The Regain Network for victims of abuse of any kind by the Legion of Christ and the Regnum Christi. Mothers against Sexual Abuse is another resource.

Promoter of Justice

The Promoter of Justice is an official of the Tribunal, the Church court. In the Diocese of Tyler, the Promoter of Justice is a contact person for concerns about the ethics and integrity of Church personnel.

Promoter of Justice
Father John Gomez
(903) 534-1077x171
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Victim Assistance Coord.
Ariseli Lara
(903) 534-1077x150
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Safe Envrionment Contact
Maria Flores
(903) 534-1077x188
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General Information & Policies

Safe Environment

The Diocese of Tyler Safe Environment Program is conducted cooperatively with parents, civil authorities, educators, and community organizations to provide education and training for children, youth, parents, ministers, educators, volunteers, and others about ways to make and maintain a safe environment for children and young people. 

Acceptance Certificate for Service

Training, a criminal background check, and commitment to the Code of Conduct is required for all employees and other Church personnel who will be ministering to minors or vulnerable adults.

Diocesan Review Board

The Diocesan Church Personnel Conduct Review Board is a confidential consultative body to the bishop in discharging his responsibilities to oversee the conduct of Church personnel in accordance with the law, policies, and justice. It is rooted in the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young Persons, but is also available to consult the bishop on broader issues of ethics and integrity in the diocese.

Listing of Credible Allegations of Abuse by Clergy

Official Listing of the Diocese of Tyler (PDF)

Documents on Procedure & Promulgation

Other Links and Information