Child and Youth Protection

The Safe Environment Program of the Diocese of Raleigh and St. Michael Catholic Church strives to empower parishes, schools, families, and individuals to create and foster safe and healthy environments for children and youth in all aspects of their lives.

Everything we do as a church reflects our commitment to respect life in all situations by providing a secure, sacred space that safeguards and promotes human dignity by fostering the development of each individual and by creating and maintaining a safe and healthy environment for all who come to us seeking an experience of the holy presence of God.

The main idea behind the course is the recognition of child abuse and neglect.  Anyone who works with children in any capacity is required to attend this training and re-certify every five years.  St. Michael Catholic Church requires all those working, or volunteering in this capacity to be trained in Safe Environment at a Level C.

If you would like to become Safe Environment Trained (Level C) please click here, and for more information on this diocesan-wide initiative click here.

Meeting: The Protection of Minors in the Church - Vatican, February 21-24, 2019

Faced with widespread and growing discomfort following new reports and revelations of very serious cases of sexual abuse involving members of the clergy, on September 12, 2018, at the end of one of the meetings of the Council of Cardinals it was announced that the Holy Father had decided to call a meeting in the Vatican for February 21-24, 2019. The meeting would be a broad approach to the theme 'The Protection of Minors in the Church."

This homepage was established to be able to transparently and authentically follow the process of change and development, both during the meeting and thereafter. 

President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Issues Statement on Theodore McCarrick in Response to Judgement by the Holy See

Posted on 02/16/2019 03:08 AM (USCCB News Releases)

WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement upon the decision of the Holy See announced today regarding Theodore McCarrick.

Cardinal DiNardo’s Full Statement Follows:

“The Holy See’s announcement regarding Theodore McCarrick is a clear signal that abuse will not be tolerated. No bishop, no matter how influential, is above the law of the Church. For all those McCarrick abused, I pray this judgement will be one small step, among many, toward healing. For us bishops, it strengthens our resolve to hold ourselves accountable to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am grateful to Pope Francis for the determined way he has led the Church’s response.

If you have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of someone within the Catholic Church, I urge you to contact local law enforcement and your local diocese or eparchy. Victims Assistance Coordinators are available to help. We are committed to healing and reconciliation.”


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Raleigh Bishop Luis Rafael Zarama - September 26, 2018

Bishop Barron Q&A About the Sexual Abuse Crisis - August 27, 2018

View letters from St. Michael pastor, Monsignor Douglas Reed, Raleigh Bishop, Luis Rafael Zarama and Atlanta Archbishop, Wilton Gregory here.  August 16 - 18, 2018.