Protection of Minors

Resources for Accountability, Healing & Reconciliation

CMSM is committed to prevention, accountability, healing, and reconciliation.

Religious communities and institutes for consecrated life, as with all Church organizations, must ensure that children and young people who worship, study, or participate in activities sponsored by our communities do so in the safest and most secure setting possible and proactively ensure that those who have abused are prevented from causing further harm to others.

Since 2002, CMSM has worked through its members, the leaders of men religious institutes, to promote the protection of minors in men's religious communities, often partnering with organizations such as the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Praesidium, the entity that provides accreditation for religious orders. This has resulted in national standards for safeguarding by men's religious institutes and monasteries; a National Advisory Council of recognized experts to advise CMSM; and continuing education.

Of Interest


CMSM Safeguarding Education (for members and their safeguarding teams)

Safeguarding Organizations