Disqualifying offenses are:  

  1. A felony or misdemeanor classified as an Offense against the Person or Family or involves an offense against the person or family. Examples: Offenses against a person include, but are not limited to, murder, assault, sexual assault, and abandoning or endangering a child or vulnerable adult. Offenses against the family include, but are not limited to bigamy, incest, and interference with child custody, enticing a child, and harboring a runaway child.
  2. A felony or misdemeanor classified as an Offense against Public Order, Safety, or Decency. Examples: Offenses against public order or decency include, but are not limited to prostitution, obscenity, sexual performance by a child, possession or promotion of child pornography, and disorderly conduct.
  3. A felony violation of any law intended to control the possession or distribution of any substance included as a controlled substance in the Texas Controlled Substance Act.
  4. A felony or misdemeanor classified as an Offense against Property, to the extent that those offenses are related to threats or risk of harm or violence. Examples: Offenses against property include Robbery, Burglary of a Habitation, and Arson. Other offenses, such as theft by check, or fraud would not ordinarily be considered Disqualifying Offenses.
  5. A felony Computer Crime of online solicitation of a minor.
  6. A felony or misdemeanor Offence against Public Health, Safety and Morals, involving illegal possession or use of weapons. Examples: Disqualifying Offenses would include unlawful weapons charges, including illegal weapons, bombs and illegal carrying of weapons.

The foregoing lists of offenses describe categories from the Texas Penal Code.The categories of offenses may be slightly different in other states. In summary,any offense which in the discretion of the Diocese would impact health and safetywould be a disqualifying offense.