- Aug 10, 2020
Women who took star turns moving the discussion during Pope Francis’s recent summit on the protection of minors in the Catholic Church have said that ensuring child safety is something everyone is responsible for, not just the bishops.
As Pope Francis’s summit on the protection of minors is set to conclude, women have had a leading voice in the discussion, giving several keynote speeches urging greater accountability, transparency and ownership of the problem of child sexual abuse at a global level.
Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Germany, a key papal ally, called for reconsidering the scope of papal secrecy during Francis’s anti-abuse summit on Saturday.
Accountability and engaging lay people are key in addressing the sexual abuse crisis in the Church, an Italian canonist told the bishops.
Archbishop Philip Neehman from Tamale, Ghana in many ways has become a pioneer in child protection on the African continent, despite the fact that he said most prelates in his region don’t think the sexual abuse of minors is a pressing issue.
Speaking at a secular government conference on child pornography and online threats to youth on Thursday, a Catholic priest said the fight against child abuse isn’t merely a cause for the Church, but for the entire human family and for civilization itself.