- Aug 10, 2020
Roughly a dozen abuse survivors representing some of the world’s most outspoken advocacy groups met organizers of Pope Francis’s anti-abuse summit Wednesday.
Since both abuse survivors on the Pontifical Commission for Minors exited the body before the end of its term, the Vatican has usually not named the abuse survivors involved in anti-abuse efforts.
Abuse survivors, advocates and members of the clergy respond to Pope Francis’s letter to the People of God addressing clerical sexual abuse scandals.
Two Catholic bishops in Chile accused of witnessing abuse by the country’s most notorious pedophile priest and covering it up deny those charges, saying the news came as a “profound shock” to them too.
Peter Saunders, a former member of the pope’s own anti-sex abuse commission in the Vatican, says that Francis’s apology needs to be matched by actions.
Although the optics of the exit of the lone survivor serving as an active member of Pope Francis’s anti-sex abuse commission aren’t good, the reality is that naming survivors as members puts them in an extremely awkward spot, trapped between their loyalties to the Vatican and to fellow survivors.