About 200 high ranking priests attend the summit convened by Pope Francis to discuss the protection of children from predator paedophile clerics
The summit’s website calls it “A meeting in solidarity, humility, and penitence.’’
Some 114 head bishops from national Catholic Church organisations were invited to take part in the event and urged to meet with abuse survivors before heading to Rome.
One of the summit’s stated aims is to raise awareness of a global crisis in parts of the world, like much of Asia and Africa, where the issue is barely registering.
The summit is not expected to bring fundamental reforms called for by abuse victims, such as the mandatory expulsion from the clergy of any predator priest and bishop who protects them.
The meeting is seen as a key test of Francis’s leadership.
The pope’s record on fighting abuse is under close scrutiny amid continuing criticism of his papacy from conservative circles. – NAN
– Feb. 21, 2019 @ 12:00 GMT |