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.
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) 534-1077 x171
Safe Envrionment Contact
(903) 534-1077 x188
General Information & Policies
- Policy and Guidelines on Ethics and Integrity: English | Spanish
- Code of Conduct for Church Personnel: English | Spanish
- Public Outreach to Victims of Abuse: English
- Statements on the Rights of Victims and Accused
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.
- ACS Home Page (Background Checks and Training Information)
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
Documents on Procedure & Promulgation
- Decree Promulgating the Guidelines for Church Personnel
- Decree for the Ongoing Implementation of Ethics & Integrity Program
- Procedure for Ongoing Compliance with Policies and Guidelines for Ethics & Integrity for Church Personnel in the Diocese of Tyler
- Response Procedure for Ethics & Integrity
- Diocesan Policy on Ministry Outside the Diocese of Tyler and Visiting Ministry Inside the Diocese of Tyler
- Diocesan Policy on Priestly Residence Requirements
Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service
ReportBishopAbuse.org or (800) 276-1562
The Catholic Bishop Abuse Reporting Service has been established to receive reports of sexual abuse and related misconduct by bishops, and to relay those reports to proper Church authorities for investigation. Where a report includes a crime, such as the sexual abuse of a minor, it will also be reported to civil authorities. Otherwise, reports will be kept confidential.
If you have any other kind of complaint about a bishop—such as parish assignments, church closings, or homily contents—please address those directly to the Diocese of Tyler. Sexual abuse by a priest, deacon or a staff member or volunteer of the Church should be reported as instructed on this page.
If you are the victim of sexual abuse (or any other crime), please contact local law enforcement.
Other Links and Information
- Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors
- USCCB Charter for Protection of Children and Young People
- Diocesan Social Media Policy: English | Spanish
- Visit www.bluesunday.org for free church bulletins, videos, press release, Happy Family's children handouts, and more