Two archbishops returning to their dioceses after receiving their palliums feel the impact of clerical sexual abuse on the people of their dioceses and said survivors are the members of their flocks most in need of care.
Recalling “there were some expressions of ‘dissent'” by some U.S. bishops when the bishops met last November over the Vatican’s request that they postpone voting on agenda items related to the reemergent clergy sexual abuse crisis, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Vatican’s nuncio to the United States, reminded them that “unity prevails over conflict.”
A panel of researchers and presenters report on the scope and causes of abuse by clergy at a symposium titled “Reckoning and Reform: New Horizons on the Clergy Abuse Crisis” at Fordham University’s Lincoln Center campus in New York City March 26.
Janine Geske, a restorative justice expert who is a former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice and retired law professor at Marquette University in Milwaukee, helped introduce the restorative justice concept to the archdiocese last year, and she was among leaders of the Feb. 21 session.
Renew International, which has been offering small-group parish renewal series since the 1970s, has put together a six-week series for parishioners on dealing with the current clergy sexual abuse crisis.
The long-awaited “Meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church,” nicknamed the abuse summit, was an extraordinary and historic gathering that surpassed many expectations while perhaps disappointing others.
After three days of meetings, nine major speeches and heartbreaking testimony from survivors of clerical sexual abuse, participants at the Vatican summit on child protection and the abuse crisis gathered in the Apostolic Palace Feb. 23 for a penitential liturgy.