CORI Policy

Important Note:  Our current policy is undergoing revisions.  Provisions of this policy may have been or are being changed, redacted or updated. 

The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Boston, a Corporation Sole (“Archdiocese of Boston”) is fully committed to ensuring the safety of the most vulnerable population to whom the Archdiocese ministers. Pursuant to the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the Archdiocese is committed to obtaining all available criminal offender record information for the following: all volunteers who minister to or have the potential for unmonitored access to children, youth, elderly or the disabled on behalf of the Archdiocese of Boston; all paid parish staff; all Roman Catholic clergy; and all school staff, faculty, school volunteers and any individual at a Catholic school within the Archdiocese, who may have direct and unmonitored contact with children. As such, the Archdiocese, through its Office for Background Screening, has developed a process by which it will conduct background checks through the Massachusetts Department of Criminal Justice Information Services (DCJIS). The process allows the Archdiocese to receive and review Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI) Reports from the DCJIS for the above categories of individuals.

The Archdiocese has established guidelines, adapted from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, to determine whether these individuals are appropriate for employment and/or volunteer service in the Archdiocese of Boston. The implementation of these guidelines is set forth in this CORI Policy of the Archdiocese of Boston.