In 2019, Pope Francis issued Vos Estis Lux Mundi, which contained a call for the church to establish a way for people to report abuse by bishops. The service set up in the United States is called the Catholic Bishop Abuse Service. There is a hotline number and a website where people can report abuse.

This service has been created to gather and relay reports of sexual misconduct involving bishops of the United States, and reports of their intentional interference in a sexual abuse investigation. If you wish to report any other kind of misconduct by a bishop, please contact your local diocese or eparchy instead.

If you have been abused by a sitting bishop, priest, or other Church personnel, please contact law enforcement officials in the area where the abuse occurred. You should also contact the Diocese’s victim assistance coordinator, Louisa Storen, to request access to pastoral resources, including a counseling referral, when appropriate at 843-856-0748 or 800-921-8122.

Additionally, if you are reporting abuse by a sitting bishop, you can make a report online at reportbishopabuse.org or call 800-276-1562 after contacting law enforcement.