Diocesan clergy, religious personnel, lay employees and volunteers of the Diocese of Belleville, while performing services for the Church, shall not engage in sexual conduct that is unlawful or harmful and contrary to the moral instructions, doctrines and canon law of the Catholic Church. Such conduct is contrary to Christian principles and is outside the scope of the duties and/or employment of all personnel or volunteers of the Diocese.
Employees and/or volunteers must comply with all relevant state and federal laws, including:
- the Illinois Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act.
- the laws prohibiting sexual harassment in the work place. Sexual harassment includes but is not limited to slurs, jokes, sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and all verbal, graphic or physical conduct of a sexual nature.
Any employee or volunteer of the Diocese of Belleville who suspect an incident of any sexual misconduct by any diocesan clergy, religious personnel, lay employee or volunteer must immediately report such incident to The Reverend John McEvilly, the Vicar General of the Diocese. The matter will be investigated and where appropriate, disciplinary action will be taken.
Do not assume that the diocese is aware of any sexual misconduct. It is your responsibility to report incidents of which you know.