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Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People


Article 8 of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People states,

By the authority of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the mandate of the Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse is renewed, and it is now constituted the Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People. It becomes a standing committee of the Conference. Its membership is to include representation from all the episcopal regions of the country, with new appointments staggered to maintain continuity in the effort to protect children and youth.

The Committee is to advise the USCCB on all matters related to child and youth protection and is to oversee the development of the plans, programs, and budget of the Secretariat of Child and Youth Protection. It is to provide the USCCB with comprehensive planning and recommendations concerning child and youth protection by coordinating the efforts of the Office and the National Review Board.

Membership of the Bishops' Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People (CPCYP) includes the following bishops as well as the region they represent:

Most Reverend Timothy L. Doherty
Bishop of Lafayette, IN

Most Reverend James V. Johnston Jr.
Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph

Region I
Most Reverend Peter J. Uglietto

Auxiliary Bishop of Boston

Region VIII
Most Reverend John T. Folda
Bishop of Fargo

Region II
Most Reverend Terry R. LaValley
Bishop of Ogdensburg 

Region IX
Most Reverend Mark S. Rivituso
Auxiliary Bishop of St. Louis

Region III
Most Reverend Michael J. Fitzgerald
Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia

Region X
Most Reverend Patrick J. Zurek
Bishop of Amarillo

Region IV
Most Reverend Barry C. Knestout
Bishop of Richmond

Region XI
Most Reverend Joseph V. Brennan
Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles

Region V
Most Reverend Joseph R. Kopacz
Bishop of Jackson

Region XII
Most Reverend Andrew E. Bellisario
Bishop of of Juneau

Region VI
Most Reverend David J. Walkowiak
Bishop of Grand Rapids

Region XIII
Most Reverend Stephen J. Berg
Bishop of Pueblo

Region VII
Most Reverend Donald J.  Hying
Bishop of Gary

Region XIV
Most Reverend William Wack, CSC
Bishop of Pensacola-Tallahassee


Region XV
Most Reverend Joy Alappat
Auxiliary Bishop of St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Diocese of Chicago 

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