- Aug 12, 2020
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.
The inviolability of the seal of the confessional may be the most obvious thing in the world seen from inside Catholic faith and practice, but in today’s crisis atmosphere it can be a tough sell.