- Jan 28, 2020
The only non-Western member of the committee organizing the Feb. 21-24 Vatican summit on clerical sexual abuse can contribute “deep insights” at the meeting, according to a member of the pope’s commission for child protection.
Speaking of Pope Francis’s Feb. 21-24 summit on child abuse in Rome, survivor Marie Collins says: ““If this meeting ends with nothing more than enthusiastic words about the discussions which have taken place and promises for the future, it will be the end of the road for many.”
A major challenge the planning committee for Pope Francis’s Feb. 21-24 summit on sex abuse will face is taking account of differing instincts inside a global Church.
A leading expert in the field of child protection has said a global summit of bishops addressing the issue in February will force prelates to accept the problem as a global phenomenon happening on their own turf, and voiced hope that there will be concrete follow-up to any proposals made.
By not appointing Cardinal Sean O’Malley by name to the planning group for his high-stakes Rome summit on sex abuse, Pope Francis may have delivered a gentle snub, but the Boston prelate definitely isn’t out of the game.
With anticipation and expectations soaring ahead of a Vatican summit on the clerical sexual abuse crisis in February, one of the highest-stakes meetings of Pope Francis’s pontificate, he has tapped victims, loyalists and heavy-hitters in child protection as architects for the meeting.