- Dec 7, 2019
To guarantee survivors are at the center of any long-term solution the Catholic Church gives to the sexual abuse crisis, the pope’s advisory commission is instituting a Virtual Survivor’s Advisory Panel, following local initiatives in Zambia, the Philippines and Brazil.
Ahead of a February 21-24 anti-abuse summit, an idea pitched by the pope’s main advisory body on child protection, the entity has come into the spotlight with many hoping their input and expertise will lead to concrete global action and follow-up on the issue.
The only non-Western member of the committee organizing the Feb. 21-24 Vatican summit on clerical sexual abuse can contribute “deep insights” at the meeting, according to a member of the pope’s commission for child protection.
A major challenge the planning committee for Pope Francis’s Feb. 21-24 summit on sex abuse will face is taking account of differing instincts inside a global Church.
A leading expert in the field of child protection has said a global summit of bishops addressing the issue in February will force prelates to accept the problem as a global phenomenon happening on their own turf, and voiced hope that there will be concrete follow-up to any proposals made.
By not appointing Cardinal Sean O’Malley by name to the planning group for his high-stakes Rome summit on sex abuse, Pope Francis may have delivered a gentle snub, but the Boston prelate definitely isn’t out of the game.