- Apr 1, 2020
While the four-day Vatican summit on the protection of minors has ended, the work to ensure that laws and concrete actions are in place is just beginning, said Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi.
As part of Pope Francis’s high-stakes summit on clerical sexual abuse happening at the Vatican, in Thursday’s opening session he released a list of 21 reflection points that did not necessarily sit well with survivors who say they fall short of the Catholic Church’s pledge of zero tolerance.
One of the most outspoken survivors of clerical abuse has said that he wants to see accountability for both the crime and cover-up, and that if an upcoming summit fails to yield these results, Pope Francis will have failed victims.
Most reformers and experts have treated accountability for the cover-up as well as the crime as the end game of the process, but it’s actually essential to the beginning.
Saturday’s announcement that ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been defrocked leaves open serious questions about accountability for the cover-up.