Outcomes of the Clergy Abuse Summit
Click on the link below for the text of the Homily that Pope Francis gave during the closing Mass last Sunday of the Meeting of the Bishops on the Protection of Minors in the Church. In it, he listed eight points the Church will focus on and promised an “all-out battle” against the sexual abuse of minors. The Catholic News Service summarised these eight points as follows:
• A “change of mentality” to focus on protecting children rather than “protecting the institution.”
• A recognition of the “impeccable seriousness” of these “sins and crimes of consecrated persons.”
• A genuine purification beginning with “self-accusation.”
• Positive formation of candidates for the priesthood in the virtue of chastity.
• Strengthening and reviewing of guidelines by episcopal conferences, reaffirming the need for “rules.”
• The accompaniment of those who have been abused with an emphasis on listening.
• Ensure that seminarians and clergy are not enslaved to an addiction to pornography.
• Combat sexual tourism around the world.
This, the Holy Father said, would “turn this evil into an opportunity for purification.” Dubbed the Vatican’s “Sex Abuse Summit”, the meeting, which was held last week from 21st to 24th February, was called in response to the recent waves of revelations from around the world. It focused on the themes of responsibility, accountability, and the transparency of bishops. It also included testimony from victims of abuse and a penitential liturgy.
MEETING “THE PROTECTION OF MINORS IN THE CHURCH” [Vatican’s New Synod Hall, 21-24 February 2019]