- Jan 27, 2020
Day two at a conference regarding sex abuse in the Church in Latin America started with some very heavy hitters on the topic.
Members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors meeting in Rome said there was a continued need to make safeguarding consistently part of the life of the Church around the world.
Vatican officials needed “a safeguarding policy” in place ages ago to prevent abuse and address it when it occurred, said Marie Collins, a clergy sexual abuse survivor from Ireland.
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.
A Feb. 21-24 Vatican summit on clerical sexual abuse will emphasize the fact that “victims need to be heard,” says a member of pope’s main child protection organization.
A high-ranking U.S. cardinal in Boston says he is concerned about a bishop’s handling of alleged clergy abuse in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and wants the Vatican to step in.