- Cindy Wooden
- Feb 24, 2019
Pope Francis will issue a document on “young people, faith and vocational discernment” five months after the world Synod of Bishops gathered to discuss the topic.
A survivor of clerical sexual abuse and an advocate for fellow victims has said she is disappointed in the Church’s handling of the issue during last month’s Synod of Bishops on youth, saying the lack of a unified consensus is thwarting any progress that could be made.
Young people who attended the recent Synod of Bishops in Rome have said the month-long discussion was an overwhelmingly positive experience they are eager to take home and translate into concrete action.
Religious sisters meeting in Rome to discuss the final document of the summit of bishops on young people prepare to put its final document in practice and promise not to let the issue of the role of women in the Church die.
For Americans and Catholics from other places scarred by clerical sexual abuse scandals, it’s almost incomprehensible that a global summit of bishops could pull back from endorsing a policy of “zero tolerance.”
Archbishop Peter Comensoli of Melbourne, one of 12 prelates tasked with drafting the concluding document for the recent Synod of Bishops on youth, said the removal of commitment to a “zero-tolerance” from the final text is due at least in part to the fact that not all countries are on the same page about this issue.
Mexican Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes, a member of the 12-person drafting team for the Oct. 3-28 Synod of Bishops, said Monday that the phrase “zero tolerance” on fighting abuse was taken out because this was a meeting on young people, not minors.
The call for missionary discipleship that has been at the heart of the new evangelization in Latin America and the Caribbean left its mark in the final document of the Synod of Bishops, a Puerto Rican bishop said.