Gregory Jacobs

IV North Carolina

I have served the Church for 20 years in matters involving Title IV clergy misconduct. As a member of the Constitution & Canons Committee, I helped refine and clarify canonical language adopted in the initial Title IV provisions, working closely with diocesan chancellors. For 15 years, I served as the principal Title IV Intake Officer in both the Dioceses of Massachusetts and Newark. My responsibilities included initial intake, interview of all parties/witnesses, and investigation of more than a dozen Title IV allegations brought against clergy. My work culminated in reports to disciplinary review panels in which I summarized the results of investigations and recommended appropriate responses. I participated in later stages of Title IV cases, including conciliation/resolution efforts with clergy and injured parties. I was also responsible for communicating and implementing Title IV's provisions in these dioceses. In 2019, I co-led a Title IV workshop for newly-elected bishops.