- Dec 10, 2019
A UN committee questions the Italian government Jan. 22-23 on its handling of sexual abuse against minors, especially by clergy.
With anticipation and expectations soaring ahead of a Vatican summit on the clerical sexual abuse crisis in February, one of the highest-stakes meetings of Pope Francis’s pontificate, he has tapped victims, loyalists and heavy-hitters in child protection as architects for the meeting.
Leaders from the Jewish and Catholic communities met at the Vatican this week to discuss what their communities can do to ensure the dignity and development of children, who are the future of society, but who are still too vulnerable to protect themselves.
Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown has announced the names of 31 clergy and one religious brother who served in the diocese since its founding in 1943 who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor.
Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin warned there was “a danger of complacency or inertia or of slippage into false confidence” in the Church’s fight against clerical abuse.
It took “far too long” for the Church to understand that both sexual abuse and its cover-up “will no longer be tolerated,” according to the bishop opening the annual conference of the National Board for Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church in Ireland.