Safeguarding – the German Speaking Region

St Joseph’s Missionary Society of the Mill Hill Missionaries – Austria, Italy

Safeguarding Documents:

The Austrian Bishops published in the year 2010 the booklet „Die Wahrheit wird euch frei machen“ ( The Truth will set you free)  which contained guidelines and procedures for dealing with or preventing physical or sexual abuse.  The Bishop responded to the revelations about abusive behaviour and acts in Church Institutions.

On the 1st of September 2021 the Austrian Bishops together with the Conference of Austrian Religious published a, third, updated version of the document: „Die Wahrheit wird euch frei machen“. The document with its guidelines and procedures was approved by the Congregation for Doctrine and Faith, and is binding for all employees of Church Institutions and Dioceses, priests and religious.

The members of the German Speaking Region residing in Austria are guided by these updated guidelines of the Austrian Bishops Conference.

The document „Die Wahheit wird euch frei machen“ can be downloaded from the website www.ombudsstellen.at.