Hundreds gather at Vatican for summit on preventing clergy sex abuse

24 February, 2019, 00:41 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Pope surrounded by sycophants and Church run according to Jesuit order's rules says Müller

The summit, titled "The Protection of Minors in the Church", begins in Rome today and continues until Sunday with over 100 bishops throughout the world behind closed doors.

Some of the comments made by church leaders seemed to acknowledge that reality.

"We believed that this morning's meeting would be with the Pope, with a cross-section of survivors from around the world", one, Englishman Peter Saunders, told Reuters TV. Amid protests by a section of Catholic community in Mumbai, Archbishop of Bombay, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, opened the second day of a landmark summit at the Vatican on tackling paedophilia in the clergy. In a room that looked like a college auditorium, rows of bishops listened to speeches and took notes.

Championing the move for better measures, Francis brought 21 proposals or "reflecting points" that work to "punish predators and keep children safe", according to ABC News.

"It's an understatement to say [these ideas] have to be taken seriously", Scicluna said.

Panelo on Friday said Tagle's "pained admission on the clergy's long kept secret abomination is part of the wrenching and cleansing process that the Church is undergoing".

Establishing protocols for handling accusations against bishops. "He is a poster boy for the lack of accountability of church leaders, especially in developing countries", said Anne Barrett Doyle of the online group BishopAccountability, which tracks the abuse scandal. The crisis captured attention in the USA again in the past few months, after a Pennsylvania grand jury published a report in August that identified 301 predator priests and more than 1,000 victims and Francis publicly confirmed this month that some priests and bishops sexually abused nuns.

Ambassador Callista Gingrich met Friday with a group of USA survivors who came to Rome to demand an end to the church's cover-up and greater transparency and accountability from the Holy See. "Are they going to make that law, so it's crystal clear to every one of them?"

Nigerian nun Sister Veronica Openibo said the Catholic Church must face up to its failings.

To be able to fulfill her mission to preach the Gospel, Alazraki said, the Church needs a moral guide; "coherence between what one preaches and what one lives is the basis of being a credible institution, worthy of trust and respect", an institution that reports crimes that may have been committed and follows up with credible procedures.


That revelation came after we interviewed Cardinal Cupich. "They won't be told: This is exactly what you have to do".

That was the case with her son's abuse, Patterson explained, and with numerous survivors she's worked with over the years.

In Chile, all of the country's 34 bishops offered the Church their resignations over a nationwide scandal.

Francis has dealt with cases increasingly forcefully - though after some missteps. In practice, that meant debating whether proposals created to rein in bishops accused of abuse amount to, in the words of one churchman, "Caesar judging Caesar".

The President has repeatedly dared anyone to debunk his allegations and has called for reforms in the Catholic Church.

The summit comes against a backdrop of several scandals that recently emerged in Chile, Germany, and the USA state of Pennsylvania.

"If you do not decide in a radical way to be on the side of the children, mothers, families, civil society, you are right to be afraid of us, because we journalists, who seek the common good, will be your worst enemies", she said.

The event is closed to the press, but the Vatican is live-streaming certain moments, including the remarks from the Pope and the three official presentations that are planned for each day.

A survivor from Chile told the churchmen they had inflicted even more pain on victims by discrediting them and protecting the priests who abused them.

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