Code of Pastoral Conduct

The “Code of Pastoral Conduct” outlines standards of behavior expected of all who act in the name of the church in the diocese.

The code is meant to offer support to those entrusted with the work of the church. It is intended to guide the conduct of priests in the service of the diocese. It also applies to deacons, members of the consecrated life and lay members of the Christian faith who assist in providing pastoral care.

“This document is in the direct response to the call by the bishops of the United States in its ‘Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People’ to publish clearer standards of ministerial behavior for clergy and all other church personnel in positions of trust,”
—Former Bishop Wuerl (now Cardinal Wuerl) in his letter introducing the “Code of Pastoral Conduct”.