Towards Healing and Renewal: A report

Towards Healing and Renewal: A Report, is an article by Fr. Paul Smyth, vicar general of the Claretian Missionaries in Rome and is about the recently concluded international symposium in Rome on the clergy sexual abuse scandal.  He makes some points about the issue in his article that Voice of the Faithful has been making for a decade. Here’s a pertinent paragraph:

“While the symposium was a good opportunity for providing information about the reality of child abuse by clergy and how the matter should be dealt with, it failed to explore the deeper questions of how and why this situation had been able to occur in the Church. A number of participants alluded to the problem being a symptom of deeper issues in the church.  With the focus on sexual child abuse by clergy broader issues such as power and clericalism despite being identified as needing further attention were not followed up on.”

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