The much-talked-about Catholic Abuse Summit aims to be a step in the right direction when Catholic leaders gather in Rome on Thursday.
A lot of attention is being given to this summit, especially after Pennsylvania’s Grand Jury Report on Clergy Sexual Abuse.
“An urgent challenge of our time,” those are the words of Pope Francis as he asks for prayers for this week’s sex abuse summit at the Vatican.
Bishops have been summoned to Rome by the Pope to help chart a way forward after decades of abuse by priests and the cover-ups by people who were their superiors.
Revelations in many countries about priest abuse have startled many in the Catholic Community.
Pennsylvania plays a key role at the Vatican after the many cases reported this past summer.
For survivors, the summit is imperative especially since many victims have waited a long time to come forward.
The summit gives a chance to confront this decades-old problem.
Survivor Jim Vansickle tells us, “I’m excited about getting my message out there as well as support all survivors around the world.”
Bishop Lawrence Persico says, “it’s an opportunity for them to come out into the light and hopefully begin the healing process.”
The summit would try to instill back the trust lost after these allegations came forward.