Safe Church

Overview of Requirements of Pennsylvania and Canon Law

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires all active clergy (including supply), lay employees, vestry members, and volunteers to obtain clearances in order to continue their positions. The law also requires that employees and volunteers be considered mandated reporters of suspected child abuse. All current clergy and employees must be in compliance with these policies, and clearances need to be renewed every 60 months.

In addition to Pennsylvania law, all active clergy (including supply), lay employees, vestry members, volunteers, and key holders, and teenage assistants (14-17 years) in the Diocese of Bethlehem must complete Safeguarding Trainings. These trainings must be renewed every 36 months. Safeguarding Training is done online. If you do not yet have a username and password, please complete the Safeguarding Online Training request form (fillable PDF) and email the form to Paula Lapinski.

In the Diocese of Bethlehem we are committed to establishing and maintaining safe environments for children in our congregations and church buildings.  All parishes are required to adhere to the Diocesan Policies for the Protection of Children and Youth from Abuse adopted by Diocesan Council, which are available for download.

Diocesan Policies (updated March 2019).

Please click the appropriate tab below to see details about what steps you need to take in order to be compliant with Pennsylvania and Canon law, or download a printable copy of all Safe Church requirements.