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LAKE CHARLES – Based on results of the 2021 on-site audit of the Diocese of Lake Charles, the Diocese has been found compliant with all audited Articles within the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People for the audit period of July 1, 2018 through September 30, 2021.

Bishop Glen John Provost was informed of the finding in a letter, dated January 5, 2022, from Stonebridge Business Partners, a speciality consulting firm headquartered in Rochester, New York, that conducts independent audits of dioceses across the country. The letter thanked the Diocese for its cooperation during the process.

According to the correspondence, “the conclusions reached as to the compliance of the diocese are based upon inquiry, observation and the review of specifically requested documentation furnished to StoneBridge Business Partners during the course of the audit.”

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.

StoneBridge thanked the Diocese for its efforts to protect the children and young people in the Diocese of Lake Charles. The next onsite audit is scheduled in 2024.

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