LETTER FROM ARCHBISHOP SALVATORE J. CORDILEONE
My dear people,
As I assume the responsibilities as Archbishop of San Francisco, I am pleased to
report that we have once again successfully completed an audit of our Child and Youth
Protection programs done by Stonebridge Business Partners, a national compliance audit
finn acting on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Passing such
an audit reflects the quality of the programs to be sure, but most of all, it reflects the
commitment, dedication and hard work of all the adults involved with children in our
parishes and schools. I am grateful for your support.
In June of 2002, the Bishops of the U.S. signed the "Charter for the Protection of
Children and Young People", and have reaffinned their commitment to that charter in
June of2005 and again in June of201O. I pledge my personal commitment to the Charter
and to the maintenance of programs to ensure the safety of all children entrusted to the
care of the Church. We will continue to provide training and background evaluation for
adults and training for all of our children, as evidence shows this process is working.
We also have outreach programs in place to support the survivors of abuse and
their families and this support will continue.
My prayers are with all of our parents, educators, and other adults concerned for
the safety of children. May God richly bless each of you.
Sincerely yours in our Lord,
Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone
Archbishop of San Francisco