Keeping children safe in our community
Mullingar Parish is commited to the involving children in all parish activities and ensuring that they are safe while doing so. If you would like any further information on our child protection policy or if you have any suggestions for us, please let us know.
Meanwhile, in recent days, new guidelines from the Vatican asks Bishops to ensure that civil authorities are informed of child abuse complaints against clergy.
a.) the handling of cases must comply with the civil law of the country;
b.) the person who reports abuse must be treated with respect;
c.) ecclesiastical authority should commit itself to offering assistance to the victims;
d.) investigation of accusations is to be done with due respect for the principle of privacy and the good name of the persons involved;
e.) unless there are serious contrary indications, the accused cleric should be informed of the accusation, and given the opportunity to respond to it;
f.) the return of a cleric to public ministry is excluded if such ministry is a danger for minors or a cause of scandal for the community.