LAKE CHARLES — Based on the analysis of data collection results of the 2019/2020 Charter audit period of the Diocese of Lake Charles, the diocese has been found to be in compliance with the requirements for the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, approved by the U.S. bishops in 2002.

Bishop Glen John Provost was informed of the finding in a letter, dated January 18, 2021, from Stonebridge Business Partners which is the company that conducts independent audits of dioceses across the country. The letter thanked the diocese for its cooperation and for participating in the data collection process. An onsite audit is scheduled for the Diocese of Lake Charles in 2021.

The Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People is a comprehensive set of procedures originally established by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in June 2002 for addressing allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. The Charter also includes guidelines for reconciliation, healing, accountability, and prevention of future acts of abuse. It was revised in 2005, 2011, and 2018.