The Most Reverend Stephen Hector
by the Grace of God and the Favor of the Apostolic See
Bishop of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn of the Maronites
(Prot. No 183/1/03)
ESTABLISHING THE SEXUAL ABUSE POLICY OF THE EPARCHY OF SAINT MARON OF BROOKLYN; AND DETERMINING THE MANNER OF PROMULGATION AND EFFECTIVE DATE THEREOF.
WHEREAS, pursuant to the provisions of the Particular Law established by the Apostolic See for the Diocese and Eparchies of the United States of America, each such Diocese or Eparchy is mandated to establish a policy on the problem of sexual abuse of minors; and
WHEREAS, we have caused a committee of qualified persons to draft such a policy for the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn; and
WHEREAS, said committee has completed its work and has submitted to us a draft of such a policy for our review and action; and
WHEREAS, we have carefully examined the proposed policy as submitted by the committee and find it to be well-drafted, comprehensive, consonant with the applicable provisions of Canon Law; and fair and equitable to all concerned; and it is our judgment that said policy should be enacted as the Particular Law of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn in and for such cases;
Now, THEREFORE, BY VIRTUE OF THE PROVISIONS OF CANON 191, ET AL. OF THE CODEX CANONUM ECCLESIARUM ORIENTALIUM, WE HEREBY DECREE AS FOLLOWS:
I. That the Policy on Sexual Abuse of Minors By Priests or Deacons, together with the Supplemental Policy on Sexual Abuse of Minors By Seminarians, Religious, Eparchial Employees or Regular Volunteers, according to the written text thereof consisting of seven (7) printed pages appended hereto, marked "Exhibit A"and incorporated herein by reference as if fully set forth at length in this decree, be and the same are hereby ENACTED, ADOPTED and ESTABLISHED as the Particular Law of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn of the Maronites; and we hereby PROMULGATE the same.
II. That the said policy shall obtain the force of law on and from the fourth (4th) day of May, 2003, the Feast of Our Lady of Lebanon.
III. That the text of this decree and the policy enacted hereby be published as soon as possible in The Maronite Voice, the official newsletter of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn.
GIVEN at Brooklyn, New York, at the Chancery of the Eparchy of Saint Maron of Brooklyn, this Twenty-Fifth (25th) day of April in the Year of Our Lord the Two Thousand Third (Anno Domini MMIII).
Stephen Hector Doueihi, S.T.D.
Bishop of Saint Maron of Brooklyn
Very Reverend Francis J. Marini, J.D., J.C.O.D.