- Aug 12, 2020
A leading expert in the field of child protection has said that the Catholic Church still has a long way to go in terms of acknowledgment and awareness of the issue, noting that the pope’s environmental encyclical Laudato Si in many areas of the world is more visible than safeguarding efforts.
While the Catholic Church has made strides to include the voice of women, especially in the Synod of Bishops for the Amazon, women should be included among synod voting members and in church leadership positions, a German theologian said.
The desert, Sister Pat Murray told the Leadership Conference of Women Religious Aug. 14, is where God works wonders.
At a Rome meeting on human trafficking on Wednesday, representatives from Nigeria and the Netherlands outlined ways governments are trying to combat the $150 billion illegal industry.
Coming together to write a joint statement against human trafficking, many Catholic organizations say that one key thing is to create “safe, legal, and responsible migration pathways” for people. They emphasize that the poorest and most desperate migrants are likely to fall into the hands of traffickers and be exploited and abused.
Whatever does come out of this potentially historic opening — and the outcomes range widely, from maintaining the status quo to actually ordaining women as deacons.