IF YOU ARE A VICTIM OR KNOW A VICTIM:
Please call this number immediately: 1 (877) 415-6423
The Diocese of Tyler expects all Church personnel (whether priest, deacon, vowed 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 Vatican II 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.
Mr. Frank Drobil serves as our victim assistance coordinator.
If you know a minor is currently being abused, or in danger, immediately report it to your local police department or the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS).
Additional Help for Victims
Besides contacting the Promoter of Justice for 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. The Promoter is also the Victim Assistance Coordinator for cases covered by the Charter for the Protection of minors.
Promoter of Justice
Very Rev. John Gomez, JCL
1015 ESE Loop 323
Tyler, TX 75701
Phone: 1 877 415 6423
Bi-lingual Contact, full time at the Chancery:
Maria Flores has been hired to be the primary contact at the Chancery for matters connected with implementing Ethics and Integrity. Maria is bi-lingual and can help with issues concerning ACS, Safe Environment Program, Parish Contact Persons, and Parish/Mission compliance.
General Information & Policies
- Code of Ethics & Integrity for Church Personnel
- Guidelines for the Conduct of Church Personnel (Policies, Procedures & Appendices)
- Policy on the Conduct of Church Personnel
- Public Outreach to Victims of Abuse
- Statements on the Rights of Victims and Accused
- Parish Contacts for Ethics & Integrity
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. As part of this program, there will be frequent reminders of the Code of Ethics and Integrity for Conduct of Church Personnel in the Diocese of Tyler.
Personnel/Acceptance Certificate for Service
ACS, which includes training and a criminal background check, is required for all employees and other Church personnel who will be supervising ministry 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 conduct of Church personnel in accordance with 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 of Tyler.
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 Polices and Guidles 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
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
UPDATED STATEMENT REGARDING FATHER BERNARD BOTEJU - May 2016: Fr. Bernard Boteju has been returned to ministry with limitations (see statement). This concludes the investigation by the diocese in response to concerns raised regarding Fr. Boteju and an adult woman. Complete statement (PDF)
NOTICE REGARDING FATHER ROBERT POANDL: Fr. Robert Poandl a Glenmary priest who served in the Diocese of Tyler in the 1980's and 1990's has been convicted of a crime against a minor. In compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Minors, Bishop Strickland has directed that this notice be placed in parish bulletins in the diocese. Further information is available at the Glenmary website.