Archive for February 14th, 2012

What did the church learn during the recently concluded symposium on clergy sexual abuse?

“Toward Healing and Renewal,” the symposium on clergy child sexual abuse held in Rome last week, brought together church leaders from around the world to learn about the scandal so that they could formulate guidelines to protect children before a May Vatican deadline.

Voice of the Faithful will be waiting and watching to see what effect the symposium will have on the way bishops and church leaders handle clergy sexual abuse. To help us, and you, begin the evaluation, we offer two reports:

First, from National Catholic Reporter, we can get an idea of what the bishops heard at the symposium.

Second, from Zenit.org, we have the first of a two-part interview with Msgr. Stephen Rossetti. Msgr. Rossetti is associate dean for seminary and ministerial studies at the Gregorian Pontifical University, which is home to the Centre for Child Protection. The center is an online educational project for teaching best practices in preventing and handling clergy sexual abuse, which was launched during the symposium.

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