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At Vatican summit, Pope Francis calls for ‘all-out battle’ against sexual abuse but is short on specifics

Feb 25, 2019

By Chico Harlan and Michelle Boorstein

 For four days, some of the world’s highest-ranking Catholics listened to speeches about the “outrage of the people” and the imperative of action. They heard testimony from abuse victims, including one who movingly played the violin. And on Sunday, they gathered in a frescoed Vatican hall, where Pope Francis concluded the summit on clerical sexual abuse by calling for an “all-out battle” against the scourge.

But the unprecedented meeting ended Sunday with few concrete remedies, and it left the Catholic Church much where it started at the beginning of the week: asking for more time from an impatient faithful to draw up ways to reliably police itself.

“We are dealing with abominable crimes that must be erased from the face of the earth,” Francis said in a speech that was short on specifics but mentioned future “legislation.”

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2 comments on “At Vatican summit, Pope Francis calls for ‘all-out battle’ against sexual abuse but is short on specifics

  • @OP – Pope Francis calls for ‘all-out battle’ against sexual abuse but is short on specifics

    Meanwhile:-

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-47366113

    Cardinal George Pell has been found guilty of sexual offences in Australia, making him the highest-ranking Catholic figure to receive such a conviction.

    Pell abused two choir boys in the rooms of a Melbourne cathedral in 1996, a jury found. He had pleaded not guilty.

    The verdict was handed down in December, but it could not be reported until now due to legal reasons.

    Pell is due to be sentenced on Wednesday. His lawyers say they will appeal against the conviction.

    He has been on an extended leave of absence from the Vatican amid the court proceedings in Melbourne.

     

     

     


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  • There is of course also this issue:-

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-47366083
    Cardinal Pell: Why was conviction kept secret?
    They were sex abuse allegations that rocked the Catholic Church and generated enormous interest – only for the case to vanish suddenly from public view for nine months.
    The trial and conviction of Cardinal George Pell can now be reported after an Australian judge lifted a legal order that had prohibited coverage.



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