Ethics and Integrity in Ministry (EIM) Office

Together we are Fulfilling our Commitment to Heal and Protect.

In June, at the 2017 Spring General Assembly, Bishops from across the U.S. gathered at Ss. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis for a Mass of Prayer and Penance for survivors of sexual abuse within the Church. The bishops gathered together in solidarity to pray for victims and to acknowledge the pain caused by the failures of the Church in the past.  Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston and President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was the principal celebrant and Archbishop Wilton D.  Gregory, of Atlanta, and former President of the USCCB, gave the homily. Intercessory Prayers of the Faithful were offered for those who have suffered due to clergy sex abuse and after communion, in an act of penance and humility, the bishops knelt and recited a commemorative prayer written for survivors of abuse in their healing.

Mass Video:

Homily Text:


       Let there be no doubt

      or confusion on anyone's part:

For us, your bishops, our obligation to

 protect childen and young people and

      to prevent sexual abuse flows

     from the mission and example

  given to us by Jesus Christ himself,

          in whose name we serve.

                United States Converence of Catholic Bishops