Sexual exploitation is the development or attempted development of a sexual or romantic relationship between a person in any ministerial position, lay or ordained, and an individual with whom he or she has a Pastoral Relationship, whether or not there is apparent consent from the individual.
A Pastoral Relationship is a relationship between any clergy person and any person:
- who attends a congregation or other ministry setting in which the clergy person serves;
- who seeks ministry from the clergy person
Between any clergy person or any duly-appointed lay person, whether employee or volunteer, who is authorized to provide and does provide:
- pastoral care;
- spiritual direction or spiritual guidance;
- ministration of any Sacrament (other than the distribution of the Bread and Wine by a lay person at a public service of Holy Communion);
- life/leadership/peer coaching;
- hearing a person’s confession, in the course of the duly-authorized ministry
the following ministers licensed under Canon III.4:
- Pastoral Leaders,
- Worship Leaders,
- Eucharistic Visitors,
- and Catechists and those they serve in the course of these ministries.
*Are licensed lay ministers considered pastoral leaders?
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