What Can We Expect From the Vatican Summit?
REGISTER SYMPOSIUM: Key Church leaders reflect on the root causes of clerical sexual abuse, and the most effective path forward to healing
As Catholics everywhere await the start of the Feb. 21-24 Vatican summit on the clergy sex-abuse crisis, the Register has assembled this special symposium in support of the stated desire of the Holy Father and the bishops of the United States to comprehensively address the scourge of clergy sexual abuse.
In this Register symposium, key Church leaders with specialized knowledge regarding the problem have been asked to reflect on two central elements: the root causes of clerical sexual abuse, and the most effective path forward with respect to bishops being held accountable and helping victims to heal.
The contributors include:
Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban, South Africa
Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, former apostolic nuncio to the U.S.
Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia
Marie Collins, a survivor of clerical sexual abuse and former member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors
Janet Smith, a professor of moral theology at Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit
Father Roger Landry, a priest of the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts; and
Robert Royal, founder and president of the Faith & Reason Institute in Washington, D.C.
Al Kresta, president and CEO of Ave Maria Communications and radio host (“Kresta in the Afternoon”)
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