What type of situations should I report?

This EthicsPoint system is designed for individuals to report misconduct by a Cardinal, Archbishop or Auxiliary Bishop of any of the Provincial Dioceses of our region; Boston, Worcester, Springfield, Fall River, Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire.

Where do these reports go? Who can access them?

Reports are entered directly on the EthicsPoint secure server to prevent any possible breach in security. EthicsPoint makes these reports available only to the most senior Bishop in the Province; the Archbishop of Boston. His Archdiocese is charged with evaluating the report, based on the type of violation and location of the incident. His Archdiocese is charged with the authority to forward along any allegation deemed proper directly to law enforcement and the apostolic nuncio. The system maintains confidentiality and allows people to submit anonymous claims. Once a report is made, the Archbishop will receive further direction from the apostolic nuncio or law enforcement or both as to whether to initiate an investigation. Under canon law the Archbishop must have a role in the process and this will allow the process to begin formally but eliminate any concerns about blocking a report. In the event that report is about the Archbishop himself it will be sent in the same way to the most senior bishop in the Metropolitan and then to the Nuncio to begin a process. It is important to recall that any investigation of a Bishop can only be initiated by the Holy See and not the local Bishop.

Will allegations against bishops of sexual misconduct involving adults be addressed as well as abuse of minors and vulnerable adults (as traditionally been understood)?

Yes, all allegations involving alleged misconduct by Bishops will be routed and reported to the Apostolic Nuncio and law enforcement as necessary.

Reporting Security & Confidentiality

I am concerned that the information I provide EthicsPoint will ultimately reveal my identity. How can you assure me that will not happen?

The EthicsPoint system is designed to protect your anonymity. However, if you wish to remain anonymous, you - as a reporting party - need to ensure that the body of the report does not reveal your identity by accident.

Is the telephone toll-free hot line confidential and anonymous too?

Yes. You will be asked to provide the same information that you would provide in an Internet-based report and an interviewer will type your responses into the EthicsPoint Web site. These reports have the same security and confidentiality measures applied to them during delivery.

What if I want to be identified with my report?

There is a section in the report for identifying yourself, if you wish.

To Make a Report

You may use either of the following two methods to submit a report:

  • Select the "Make a Report" link at the top of this web page.
  • OR
  • Dial toll-free, within the United States, Guam, Puerto Rico and Canada:

After you complete your report you will be assigned a unique code called a "report key." Write down your report key and password and keep them in a safe place. After 5-6 business days, use your report key and password to check your report for feedback or questions.