- Jul 8, 2020
A former member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has said that proposals made by Cardinal Donald Wuerl in the wake of the Theodore McCarrick scandal do not go far enough.
It is hard for the pope to distance himself from the string of sexual abuse scandals affecting high-ranking clerics. He needs to take drastic action if he is to salvage the Church’s reputation on sex abuse.
A Canadian victim of clerical sexual abuse who describes herself as a “prayer warrior and encourager” for reform says a recent meeting with Pope Francis’s main anti-abuse panel “provided a lot of closure” for victims and praised the group for listening to them, many of whom, she said, experience a great deal of “pain and anger.”
Some 300 young people gathered in Rome to provide input for October’s Synod of Bishops want the Church to face its sexual abuse scandals and the role of women in the Church.
Teresa Kettelkamp, a former staffer for the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and now a full member, says of the anti-abuse fight, “The Church is not failing on this issue, the Church is aggressively addressing it … People who want things to change faster are not realistic about how things change.”
“Pope Francis must make the protection of children a priority now,” said former member of the pontifical commission for the protection of minors and child psychiatrist Catherine Bonnet.