- Jun 2, 2020
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.
Speaking about the urgency of protecting children in global affairs, the Vatican foreign minister told the United Nations on Monday that the Catholic Church “is committed” to addressing the “heinous scourge of sexual abuse.”
In the last week, three dioceses in Poland have published their data on clerical sex abuse, saying they are trying to better understand the issue and find effective measures to stop it.
The position of victim assistance coordinator was established in the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People” adopted by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in response to the sexual abuse crisis that exploded in 2002.
While a Sept. 12 statement from the Vatican said a Feb. gathering of bishop’s theme would be the “protection of minors,” a Vatican spokesperson clarified that the meeting would discuss “prevention of abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.”
In the wake of Pope Francis’s decision to summon the presidents of all bishops’ conferences of the world to talk about “the protection of minors,” there are some reasons why it may be the highest-stakes gamble of his papacy.