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“Victims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Switzerland may now seek financial compensation and other forms of reparation in cases that have exceeded the statute of limitations. This follows the launch of an independent sexual abuse commission. However, payments are likely to remain symbolic.”
The fight against sexual abuse within the Catholic Church took a step forwards on Tuesday (Jun. 21) with the official launch of CECAR, a sexual abuse commission that is ‘neutral and independent of the authorities of the Catholic Church.’
“CECAR is the result of almost six years’ negotiations and agreement between victims’ groups, parliamentarians and the Swiss Bishops Conference. The initiative is aimed at victims who were minors at the time of the incidents, but whose cases have encountered legal time limits.
‘Exceeding the statute of limitations does not wipe out suffering,’ said Charles Morerod, the Bishop for Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg at a news conference in Lausanne. He was one of the co-signatories of an accord in 2015 between the Catholic Church and the victims’ group SAPEC that led to the creation of CECAR.”
By Simon Bradley, SwussInfo.ch — Click here to read the rest of this story.
Pope Francis’s new commission to protect minors got off to a candid start by warning that the scandal of pedophile priests has been a worldwide problem and requires reforms that hold diocesan leaders accountable. ‘In many people’s minds, it is an American problem, an Irish problem or a German problem,’ Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, a member of the commission, said after its first meeting in Rome last week (May 1-3). ‘The church has to face it is everywhere in the world.'” Editorial by The New York Times — Click here to read the rest of this editorial.
Cardinal O’Malley’s Boston archdiocesan newspaper “The Pilot” ran this Catholic News Service interview with O’Malley in its May 9 issue — “Cardinal O’Malley: Sex Abuse Panel to Stress Acocuntability, Education.”