"After this the Lord chose another 72 men and sent them out two by two, to go ahead of him to every town and place where he himself was about to go." (Luke, 10, 1)
After much discussion, the bishops of the Atlantic provinces have convened that measures must be put in place to prevent the wrongful treatment of vulnerable individuals in our communities. It is not simply a question of insurance, but also to have proper measures in place to assure the safety for everyone.
The Diocese of Bathurst has a diocesan policy for the prevention of wrongful treatment of children, youth and vulnerable adults. This policy, entitled "Diocesan Policy for Responsible Pastoral Ministry" requires a Criminal Records check for all people wishing to volunteer (Catechist Teachers, Extraordinary Ministers of Communion to the sick, volunteers doing pastoral visits to homes and residences, etc.) with individuals who are considered vulneralbe due to their age and/or their health and wellbeing.
For more information regarding our diocesan policy, you may visit our "Volunteering" page.
Here are some information sheets about the "Canadian Reporting System for Sexual Abuse or Cover-up by a Catholic Bishop" :