In the culmination of the historic summit that was called upon by Pope Francis to address sexual assault allegations that are happening within the Roman Catholic Church among clergies and priests, the leader of Vatican called priests and other Catholics who abuse children “tools of Satan.”
However, during his speech, Pope Francis was not able to provide concrete measures to resolve the church’s massive and morally damning abuse crisis.
“The brutality of this worldwide phenomenon becomes all the more grave and scandalous in the church, for it is utterly incompatible with (its) moral authority and ethical credibility,” the Pope said in a speech in Vatican City on Sunday.
“Consecrated persons,” he continued, “chosen by God to guide souls to salvation, let themselves be dominated by their human frailty or sickness and thus become tools of Satan.”
The Pope delivered his momentous speech at the end of Mass at Sala Regia in the Apostolic Palace. The speech marks the end of an unprecedented gathering of 190 Catholic leaders, including 114 bishops from around the world, to address a clergy sexual abuse scandal that stretches across several continents.
CATHOLICS DONT WANT CONDEMNATION BUT CONCRETE ACTIONS
In his wide-ranging speech on Sunday, Francis framed the church’s abuse crisis within the broader context of society, even saying that pagans, in history, had “sacrificed children” in rituals.
“We are thus facing a universal problem,” the Pope said, “tragically present almost everywhere and affecting everyone. Yet we need to be clear, that while gravely affecting our societies as a whole, this evil is in no way less monstrous when it takes place within the church.”
Dozens of sexual abuse survivors perpetrated BY Catholic clergy went to Rome this week to protest and testify about their traumatic past.
The Pope gave two speeches during the conduct of the four-day summit. He talked about outlining best practices and small-group discussions among bishops.
Francis opened the historic meeting on Thursday by saying that members of the Church and Catholics are not looking for mere condemnation, but concrete actions.
“In the face of this scourge of sexual abuse perpetrated by men of the church to the detriment of minors, I thought I would summon you,” he said, “so that altogether we may lend an ear and listen to the Holy Spirit … and to the cry of the small ones who are asking for justice.”
“The holy people of God are looking at us and expect from us, not simple condemnations,” Francis continued in his opening address, “but concrete and effective measures to put in place. We need to be concrete.”
NO SOLUTION AFTER FOUR DAYS
The attendees of the summit, mostly composed of high ranking bishops around the world, discussed several measures to resolve the Vatican’s moral crisis. Some of the actions discussed was a proposal to hold bishops accountable and lift the Pontifical Secret that often keeps abuse victims in the dark about how their church trials are processing.
However, amidst the different measures discussed during the entire summit, it appears that no concrete measures have been voted on and no solutions are in place to be adopted immediately to remedy the problem. /apr