Priests, deacons, pastoral ministers, administrators, staff and volunteers in our parishes, religious communities/institutes, and organizations must uphold Christian values and conduct. This Code of Pastoral Conduct for Priests, Deacons, Pastoral Ministers, Administrators, Staff and Volunteers provides a set of standards for conduct in certain pastoral situations.
The public and private conduct of clergy, staff, and volunteers can inspire and motivate people, but it can also scandalize and undermine the people's faith. Clergy, staff, and volunteers must, at all times, be aware of the responsibilities that accompany the work. They must also know that God's goodness and grace supports them in their ministry.
Responsibility for adherence to the Pastoral Code of Conduct rests with the individual. Those who dissregard this Code of Pastoral Conduct do so at their own risk and will be held responsible by the parish, ther religious community/institute, school, the archdiocese, and others. Corrective action may take various forms depending on the specific nature and circumstances of the offense and the extent of the harm.
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