- Jul 23, 2021
According to Cardinal Blasé Cupich of Chicago, bishops and others in positions of leadership within the Catholic Church must never grow complacent when it comes to preventing clerical sexual abuse.
Abuse scandals have exposed “systemic weaknesses in the church that also call for systemic responses. A purely legal review and administrative changes are not enough,” said Bishop Georg Bätzing of Limburg, noting that Marx’s decision was a “personal response” to the failures of the past.
Last week, a well-known center at one of Rome’s pontifical universities aimed at protecting children from clerical sexual abuse, and beyond, was upgraded to an institute of anthropology, giving the Church’s most respected academic outfit devoted to child protection room to grow.
A leading expert in child protection has said that as the world goes increasingly digital and the prevalence of online child sexual abuse expands, major tech companies are not doing enough to impose safety measures.
On the 100th birthday of his priest abuser, Mark J. Williams visited his abuser’s gravesite and “let it go.” He forgave the man for the pain he had caused.
According to a leading expert in the Catholic Church’s fight against clerical sexual abuse, the Vatican’s report into laicized ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick is “a good example of how seriously these whole questions of cover up and denial and non-compliance and insincerity should be dealt with,” and believes there are other similar reports to come.
Questions have been raised about the influence some lay groups exercise over their members and about how the church should determine whether the movement should be reformed or dissolved when there is abuse or corruption.
Father Hans Zollner, arguably one of the most prominent Church officials working on abuse prevention, says he understands the frustration some victims feel upon not seeing “immediate impact” from Rome on their cases, while at the same time underlining that “substantial change” has been made.