Ethics and Integrity in Ministry

Promulgation of New EIM Manual

To:  All Priests, Deacons, Religious, Lay Employees, Volunteers and all Catholic Faithful

From:  Most Reverend Robert W. Finn

Re: Ethics and Integrity in Ministry Specific Directive

Date: August 1, 2013

Dear Friends:

            I am pleased to announce that our diocese has adopted a new, comprehensive code of ethics entitled Ethics and Integrity in Ministry (EIM).  In the past, our Diocese had multiple Codes of Ethical Behavior guiding different members of our organization.  Our understanding of what is required to build the safest environment for our members has evolved and must be embraced by all areas of ministry.  This new document will guide all our members--clergy, employees and volunteers alike, and help us to fulfill our obligations of ministry and service to Gods people.  The EIM provides specific instructions for the reporting of suspected abuse or neglect of minors as required by Missouri law.

            The work in outlining our guiding principles and values has been carefully and thoughtfully crafted.  For over a year, many diocesan officials have worked together with various members of clergy, employee and volunteer personnel to create a document that will serve to unify and promote our efforts to be ethical and faithful servants of the Lord, serving with integrity and honor.

            In this effort, we must pledge to protect all of our members, but most especially the vulnerable among us.  In Matthew 19:14 Jesus said, Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.  Each and every person serving in the Diocese must fully understand and carry out their personal responsibility to protect our children, youth and vulnerable adults.  I direct you to fully understand and accept your legal and ethical responsibility to protect minors, pursuant to Missouri Law (which can be found at ).

In order to serve in ministry in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, you must carefully read and acknowledge your intent to adhere to the Catholic Virtues and Values outlined in the EIM.  The EIM replaces all other previous codes of ethical standards effective September 1, 2013.  In the coming months, leaders at every parish will be trained to implement the requirements of the EIM.  These leaders will provide resources and training to ensure that every member understands how to apply its content in their ministerial work for the diocese.

                                                                        Christ in Mary,

                                                                        Most Rev. Robert W. Finn
                                                                        Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph

Click here to view the Policy on Ethics and Integrity in Ministry

Click here to view and consent to the policy online through VIRTUS

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