Archive for December 6th, 2016
“The website includes a template for local churches around the world to use in establishing their own norms for protecting minors from clerical sex abuse.”
The Vatican has launched a new website detailing its efforts to protect children from sexual abuse by clergy.
“It’s the first time the Vatican is publishing the documents and resources in one place, including an email and phone number to contact its commission for the protection of minors.
“The commission was established in 2013 and is headed by Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley.
“‘It is very important to the Commission that we are as transparent as possible,’ project coordinator Emer McCarthy told CNN Tuesday (Dec. 6). ‘Our members want people to know that they are doing their level best to carry out the commission of the Holy Father.'”
By Delia Gallagher, CNN — Click here to read the rest of this story. Also, “Vatican commission launches child protection website” from Catholic News Service.
“A serious sin has been revealed during our time at the Church… This sin committed by some was made possible by certain structures and certain ways of behaving and thinking,” Monseigneur Charles Morerod said in his prayer, quoted in the statement.
Catholic bishops in Switzerland have created a fund to help people sexually abused by clergy members in cases where the statute of limitations has passed, they said Monday (Dec. 5).
“The Swiss Bishops Conference (SBK) said it had created a reparations fund worth 500,000 Swiss francs ($495,000, 462,000 euros) to be used to pay sex abuse victims who no longer have the right to seek redress in court.
“‘The responsible clergy believe that sex abuse victims in cases where the public statute of limitations has passed and where the Church has long turned a blind eye and provided no reparations, are in a particularly difficult situation,’ SBK said in a statement.
By Agence France-Press on Today.ng — Click here to read the rest of this story.