- Apr 8, 2020
For one prominent member of the Italy-based Communion and Liberation movement, the recent clerical abuse scandals are an invitation not only to re-think policies of accountability, but they are an opportunity for a renewal of faith.
Though Pope Francis’s high stakes anti-abuse summit has not yet yielded any major policy moves, one message was clear throughout the four-day gathering: the problem of child sexual abuse is a global one, and no one can leave thinking it’s not a concern in their own backyard.
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.
As part of Pope Francis’s high-stakes summit on clerical sexual abuse happening at the Vatican, in Thursday’s opening session he released a list of 21 reflection points that did not necessarily sit well with survivors who say they fall short of the Catholic Church’s pledge of zero tolerance.
Speaking in his Sunday Angelus address, Pope Francis petitioned Catholics to pray for an upcoming anti-abuse summit at the Vatican, saying he wanted to call the gathering as a response to the “urgent” challenge of clerical sexual abuse.
For more than 38 years, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa has preached to the pope and top officials of the Roman Curia. In early January, he will lead the weeklong retreat of the U.S. bishops.