Canadian Reporting System for Sexual Abuse or
Cover-Up by a Catholic Bishop
On May 6, 2021 the Bishops of Canada launched a national, bilingual service for reporting situations of sexual abuse either committed or covered-up by a Bishop. This service furthers our commitment to responsibility, accountability and transparency in matters of clergy sexual abuse and our commitment to facilitate healing and justice for victims-survivors.
In trying to make our church as safe as possible, Bishops must be held accountable as well. We want to do this in a way that is free of fear of retribution. The Canadian Reporting System is not for Bishops that have already passed away, or for clergy or staff members but applies to active or retired living Bishops only.
ClearView Strategic Partners, a Canadian provider of an independent ethics reporting and whistleblowing platform, has been engaged by the Bishops of Canada to develop the reporting system according to the instructions and procedures outlined in Vos estis lux mundi. This new reporting system is designed to receive and transmit to the proper Church authorities reports of sexual abuse, sexual misconduct (e.g., sexual harassment or possession of child pornography) or cover-up by a Catholic Bishop. ClearView’s technology benefits anyone wanting to make such a report by providing them with a secure and confidential platform, allowing them to remain anonymous if they so choose, and ensuring all communications are documented and preserved.
About Canadian Reporting System for Sexual Abuse or Cover-up by a Catholic Bishop
The Canadian Reporting System for Sexual Abuse or Cover-up by a Catholic Bishop operates on a confidential, secure platform, ClearView ConnectsTM, developed by ClearView Strategic Partners. Individuals can access the reporting system online (BishopReportingSystem.ca) or via a toll-free number (1-866-892-3737) from anywhere in Canada, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year in English or French.
We take misconduct seriously and seek to create a culture of responsibility and accountability. The Archdiocese of Keewatin-Le Pas and the Bishops of Canada wish to reach out and accompany victims-survivors along the path that restores justice and promotes healing.