A look ahead at this week's Vatican sex abuse meeting

Catholic News Agency | 2/18/2019 | Staff
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Vatican City, Feb 18, 2019 / 11:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has released the schedule, speakers, and a new website for this week’s much-anticipated sex abuse summit, which will focus on episcopal transparency and accountability for the protection of minors.

The Vatican meeting Feb. 21- 24 will include nine presentations by speakers, video testimonies from sex abuse victims, working group discussions, a penitential liturgy, and a closing Mass with final remarks from Pope Francis.

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The goal of the meeting is for bishops to understand the procedures regarding the abuse of minors at various levels, and to become aware of the tragedy of the suffering of the victims, according to Father Federico Lombardi, the summit’s moderator.

Each of the three days of discussion has been assigned a theme: responsibility, accountability, transparency.

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Cardinal Luis Tagle, Monsignor Charles Scicluna, and Cardinal Ruben Gomez will speak on Friday on the topic of personal responsibility. Their presentations are titled, respectively, “Smell of the sheep: Knowing their pain and healing their wounds is at the heart of the shepherd’s task,” “Church as field hospital: Taking responsibility,” and “The Church in a moment of crisis - Facing conflicts and tensions and acting decisively.”

There will be time for questions and answers at the end of each presentation before the bishops break out into language groups for discussion. Each group will present a summary of their discussion to the entire assembly at the end of the day.

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On day two of the summit, Cardinals Oswald Gracias and Blase Cupich will give presentations on accountability. Gracias will speak on “Collegiality: Sent together,” while Cupich has titled his talk, “Synodality: Jointly responsible.” Linda Ghisoni, a canon lawyer and the undersecretary for the Vatican Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life, will also give a presentation on “Communio: To work together.”

Transparency, the topic of the third day,...
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