USCCB welcomes papal commission on sex-abuse response
CWN - December 09, 2013
The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has welcome Pope Francis’s decision to create a commission for the protection of minors.
“The decision of Pope Francis to establish a commission for the protection of minors is a most welcome initiative,” said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville. “Abuse of minors is a sin and a crime, and every step must be taken to eradicate this blight. Such abuse is especially grave when committed by anyone in ministry in our Church.”
“The announcement of this initiative reflects a broad-based approach that considers changes in Vatican procedures in dealing with clerics accused of abuse, seminary training for future priests, and other pastoral efforts to address this horrific problem,” he added. “This international effort is particularly welcome as we have come to learn that this tragedy affects many, if not all, parts of the world.”
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our March expenses ($26,810 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!
Posted by: hartwood01 -
Dec. 09, 2013 9:01 PM ET USA
Please,turn these abusing clerics over to the law and let them be sent to jail. Catholics are begging for this,but these guys get to "repent" in a monastery for the rest of their lives instead of jail. Until that occurs,I regard it all as so much lip-service.