Pope: Sexual abuse of children disturbs the life of its flower, it is unacceptable

Pontiff underlined that the services rendered to the Commission for the Protection of Minors must be “carefully monitored” and require the Commission’s constant attention to ensure that the Church is not only a safe place for minors and a place of healing, “Unfortunately, there is no shortage of situations where children’s dignity is threatened and this should be the concern of all people of faith and good will.”

Mariazella Jaguraba – Vatican News

Pope Francis is among the audience at the Vatican, this Friday (29/04), members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, who met in a plenary session this week.

Pontiff underlined that the services rendered to the Commission for the Protection of Minors must be “carefully monitored” and require the Commission’s constant attention to ensure that the Church is not only a safe place for minors and a place of healing, “Unfortunately, there is no shortage of situations where children’s dignity is threatened and this should be the concern of all people of faith and good will.”

Taking responsibility for preventing abuse

“Abuse, of all kinds, is unacceptable. Child sexual abuse is particularly serious because it disturbs the life of the flower. Instead of improving, the abused person is hurt, sometimes incredibly.”

I recently received a letter from a father whose son had been abused and, as a result, had not left his home for many years, threatening the family with the consequences of daily abuse. Tortured people sometimes feel trapped between life and death. These are realities that we cannot remove, no matter how painful.

“The testimony of the survivors is an open wound in the body of Christ which is the Church,” the pope stressed, urging members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors to “work diligently and courageously to heal these wounds.” We need to recognize the testimony of our painful Savior. Each member of the church is asked to take responsibility for preventing abuse and working for justice and healing in accordance with his dignity.

The church’s approach to protecting minors

Then the pope said that with the apostolic constitution Predict Evangelium, Formally established the Commission for the Doctrine of Faith as part of the Roman Courier in the Dicastery. It will not jeopardize the Commission’s freedom of thought and action, nor will it diminish the importance of the issues it deals with. “I urge you to be vigilant so that this does not happen,” Francis stressed.

The pope asked members of the commission to propose “the best way for the church to protect minors and the weak, and the best way to help heal survivors, considering justice and prevention complementary.” A service that provides “the best practices and procedures that can be applied across the church”.

Sown seeds begin to bear good fruit.

Francis further asked that “the guardianship and care of the oppressed has become the norm in all spheres of church life.” Her close association with the doctrine of faith and other decastris will enrich her work and enrich her, the Kuria and the local churches in her time. I leave it up to the commission and decryption of how to do this most effectively. Working together, they firmly implement the responsibilities of the Church to protect their responsibilities. This duty is based on the perception of the human being in his inherent dignity, with special attention to the weakest. The commitment between the Universal Church and the specific church’s opportunities integrates plans for protection, healing and justice according to their own merits, “Francis underlined.

“The sown seed has begun to bear good fruit. Pastoral abuse of minors has declined over the years, where reliable information and resources are available worldwide. “

Annually, I want you to make a report for me about the church’s initiatives to protect minors and vulnerable adults. This may be difficult at first, but I urge you to provide a credible report on what is happening and what needs to change to get started where needed. This report will be a factor of transparency and accountability and – I hope – will give a clear indication of our progress in this commitment. If no progress is made, the faithful will continue to lose faith in their priests, making the proclamation and testimony of the gospel increasingly difficult.

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