- Jan 18, 2020
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.
After months of discussions and reflections, the French Bishops’ Conference decided to create an independent and external commission to address sexual abuse within the Church, its cover-up and the conference’s handling of the issue since the 2000s.
The story of the Babylonian Captivity shows that if God’s own anointed leaders can’t or won’t make things right, He’ll raise up others who will.