- Jul 10, 2020
In an April 7 statement just hours after the court’s verdict, Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni said, “The Holy See, which has always expressed confidence in the Australian judicial authority, welcomes the High Court’s unanimous decision concerning Cardinal George Pell, acquitting him of the accusations of abuse of minors and overturning his sentence.”
This week clerical abuse survivors from around the world have flocked to Rome to mark the one-year anniversary of Pope Francis’s global summit on child protection, which took place at the Vatican in February of last year.
Despite Pope Francis’s decision on Tuesday to abolish pontifical secrecy in cases of abuse, experts have said the secret is still relevant, and serves the needs of confidentiality in several other areas of the Church.
After hearing the recent apology of an Argentinian bishop who asked forgiveness of all those abused by priests and religious in the country, one victim said the plea was too little too late, and that instead of being a comfort, it was a source of anger.
Cardinal Müller said Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI is ‘lucid,’ calls rift with Pope Francis on sexual abuse ‘impossible’.
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.