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Cardinals to discuss Church reactions to sexual abuse and the Ordinariate

A day of reflection and prayer ahead of the consistory of cardinals will focus on the abuse crisis, Ordinariates and religious freedom in the world.

Cardinals from around the world have been invited to take part in a day of reflection and prayer before the consistory on November 20.

The talks on the state of religious liberty in the world will be introduced by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Secretary of State, while Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera of the Congregation of Divine Worship will introduce discussion on the role of liturgy in the life of the Church.

In the evening, after vespers, the cardinals will discuss 10 years of Dominus Iesus led by Archbishop Angelo Amato, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, which will be followed by discussions on “The Church’s response to cases of sexual abuse” and the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, led by Cardinal William Levada, Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

The Vatican announced the day of reflection on the day that five Church of England bishops officially announced their resignations and their intentions to join an Ordinariate when it is established in Britain.