ROME (AP) – Pope Francis on Saturday urged European bishops to listen to the clergy’s sexual exploiters and consider them partners in reform, warning that failure to do so could jeopardize the Catholic Church’s future. Will fall
Francis released a video message to Central and Eastern European bishops gathering in Poland on Sunday for a four-day child protection conference organized by the Bishops’ Conference and the Vatican’s Child Protection Advisory Commission.
Significantly, in recent months the Vatican has allowed dozens of current and retired Polish bishops to listen to victims of their repeated failures and take action against pastors who abused them. And teased.
Francis said, “Only by confronting the truth of this cruel behavior and humbly apologizing to the victims and survivors can the church once again be considered a place of welcome and protection for those who need it. Is.”
Bishops in particular, he said, should be the first to listen to the victims, not the last, and attend to their service “seeing them as a partner and central role in a common future.”
Victims have long said they were treated like enemies of the church when they were reported abused, accused of trying to scandalize for money or increase inheritance. , Although many said they had only come forward to prevent a hunting pastor from harming others. Francis and earlier Benedict XVI have denounced the classification as a concern for the church’s reputation regarding the needs of the victims.
In a video message, Francis said words of grief must be turned into concrete action to stop the abuse and listen to the victims, adding that “this important dialogue really touches the future of the church.”
Francis has enacted new church legislation to hold bishops accountable for covering up abuses, responding to decades of complaints from victims and their lawyers that the Vatican has failed to protect its flocks from bishops. Close your eyes
In the wake of the notorious case of abuse and cover-up in Chile, Argentina’s Jesuit himself took a major step in learning from the issue. Francis showed a face and apologized, and called the presidents of every national bishop’s conference in 2019 to try to make them aware of the importance of this issue to the church’s reputation.