Will Vatican Bishops’ Summit Be Turning Point for Clergy Abuse Crisis?

Voice of the Faithful awaits action from bishops worldwide gathering at the Vatican Feb. 21-24 to discuss solutions to the evil of clergy sexual abuse in the Church. We’ve been here before and, once again, hope that Church leaders will find ways to turn the corner on this crisis, become truly transparent and accountable, and offer healing for the entire Body of Christ. We trust our hope is not in vain, but experience tempers our expectations.

At least this time, the Vatican is attempting a degree of transparency:
  • A website, pbc2019.org, that contains information about the summit, with video commentaries and links to resources;
  • Multiple daily briefings for worldwide news media covering the event;
  • Livestreaming of parts of the summit from the Vatican News website, vaticannews.va (watch that website for more information).

The bishops’ posturing notwithstanding, we will judge them sincere only by their actions. Last November, before U.S. bishops met for their fall general assembly, Voice of the Faithful listed several specific actions expected of bishops. Click here to read them.

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