2.1 Norms for all Clergy and Laity

(This subsection addresses matters that pertain to protecting the good of persons and the common good in the Diocese of Lansing and the Church. Its norms are directed toward the mission of the Church, the spread of the gospel for the salvation of souls. It presents required standards of conduct consistent with the competent performance of duties in the Church, the safeguarding of trust, the just protection of people and their rights, the maintenance of a safe environment, the observance of applicable civil law, and the good of the Church. It also references certain procedures involved in reporting or examining alleged misconduct. Several policies reflect the express intention of the diocese to observe the Essential Norms for Diocesan / Eparchial Policies Dealing with Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Priests or Deacons and to comply with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.  The Essential Norms are particular law for the U.S. and complementary to the code of canon law. It is diocesan policy that all comply with the Charter. As well, this subsection states the nondiscrimination policy for Catholic schools of the diocese and identifies the public policy role of the Michigan Catholic Conference.)

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Msgr. S. J. Raica, chancellor