Sample Red Hat File

SURNAME Card. First name

Episcopal Title

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Contents

Executive summary

  • Written by an editor

Background information

  • Birth, country, education, episcopal titles, etc.

  • Major teachings, books, classes, etc. What is the thesis of each?

  • Major pastoral initiatives

Evidence of possible abuse/corruption

  • Evidence of sexual abuse or covering-up for sexual abuse

    • Responses or explanations

  • Evidence of corrupt financial/legal misdealing

    • Responses or explanations

  • Evidence of other abuses of power

    • Responses or explanations

  • Evidence of removing, thwarting, or ignoring procedures or laws designed to limit abuse and corruption

    • Responses or explanations

  • Evidence of equivocation, evasion, or deceit when faced with credible charges of abuse or corruption

    • Responses or explanations

  • Evidence of association with, patronage from, or using influence on behalf of known corrupt/abusers

    • Responses or explanations

Evidence of constructive responses

  • Positive evidence that he moved to implement safeguards, laws, or procedures to prevent abuse or corruption

  • Evidence of voluntarily responding to past negligence, whether personal or diocesan 

Pastoral/theological disputes and controversies

  • Disputes with other members of the hierarchy

  • Disputes with governmental authorities

  • Disputes with members of the laity or those under his authority

  • Has he weighed in on any major theological questions?

Networks and patronage

  • Evidence of association with, patronage from, or using influence on behalf of known corrupt/abusers

    • Responses or explanations

  • Significant donors, charities, foundations

Summary of investigations

The investigation by former FBI/CIA agents is a credible source and material from the investigation can be included in the above categories without going through the review process. (Note: the investigations will not proceed as quickly as the wiki-research files, but will be added to the file when completed.)

Appendices and supplementary materials