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2019 abuse summit
February 25, 2019
(ROME — 24 February 2019) The Vatican’s four-day “summit” on child protection ended on Sunday, with little to show. The three days of the meeting’s working sessions began with a call from Pope Francis for “concrete, effective measures” to combat the clerical sexual abuse of minors, and ended with what essentially came to more promises.
February 25, 2019
Pope Francis on Sunday outlined eight points that the Church will focus on in an “all-out battle” against the sexual abuse of minors to, he said, “turn this evil into an opportunity for purification.” “We need to recognize with humility and courage that we stand face to face with the mystery of evil, which strikes
February 25, 2019
A prominent Vatican journalist has accused Pope Francis of covering up for an Argentine bishop who had gay porn on his phone. Inés San Martin, who is one of the most respected journalists in the Vatican press corps, asked Archbishop Charles Scicluna at a press conference after the abuse summit: “We know there is a
February 25, 2019
(ROME — 25 February 2019) Even before the thing began — whatever the thing was that happened over four days last week and into Sunday here in Rome — the pieces didn’t quite fit. At the Monday presser presenting the three days of working sessions and two liturgies that were to serve as capstones to the
February 24, 2019
Pope Francis Saturday led the presidents of the world’s bishops’ conferences in a penitential liturgy and examination of conscience on their failures in handling abuse within the Catholic Church. “For three days we have spoken to each other and listened to voices of victim survivors about the crimes that children and young people have suffered
February 24, 2019
Transparent, reliable and respectful administration is critical for counteracting sinful behavior within the Catholic Church, said German Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising. “There are no alternatives to traceability and transparency,” he said, adding that he saw no convincing reason why the “pontifical secret” should apply “to the prosecution of criminal offenses concerning the
February 24, 2019
Pope Francis this morning delivered his concluding remarks to participants in the four-day meeting on child protection that began last Thursday here at the Vatican. It’s a speech that makes interesting reading for several reasons, not least of which is the organisation of its substance: Francis is a dozen paragraphs in – some of them
February 23, 2019
The Vatican’s abuse summit this week will not solve the problems plaguing the Catholic Church in the U.S. In fact, it doesn’t aim to. The summit was called by Pope Francis in September, shortly after he was accused of ignoring reports about the predatory behavior of disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick. But from the beginning,