Young February 6, 2019 culture Somewhere Else Mammon can never be God.
The Archbishop of Luxembourg, Jean-Claude Hollerich, gave to La Croix the answer I should have given.
Le pape est très sage, he said.Yet outside, survivors spokespeople said the summit was just a wordy exercise for show, one that avoided the real task.Their reaction, Zollner told us, was a sign that this has reached the heart level, and if it reaches that level you cant be as you were before.He knows very well that you cant change the church by just giving orders from above.According to Cardinal Oswald Gracias, who is one of the C9 advisors, this, too, would make it easier to hold bishops accountable.This in turn feeds the suspicion of victims organizations and some poke bowl thon conserve right-wing Catholics, who believe that if only the church were fiercer, or more punitiveif only it were less merciful and more draconianthis issue could be resolved very quickly.Their anger is fully justifiedand it has sometimes forced the issue when bishops would have preferred to see it remain buriedbut it has left many of them blind to the significance of what just happened at the Vatican.Yet when it comes to the abuse of minors, church law offers no second chances: abuser priests will no longer be able to act as priests, and bishops who cover up for them will be removed.All of this sounded pretty concrete.Hence, too, the examination of conscience, the collective confession, and an appeal for the grace to overcome injustice and to practice justice for the people entrusted to our care.If bishops dont fulfill those obligations, the 2016 motu propio Like A Loving Mother makes it clear that they will be removed.
Zollner mentioned an Italian woman who had shared an especially powerful story, breaking down at the end.
Whether one calls it clericalism, institutional idolatry, or corruption, the mindset that has governed too many bishops for too long makes them deaf to victims and protective of perpetrators.The definition of a minor in Vatican City State laws governing child pornography will be raised from fourteen to eighteen, as part of the introduction of laws to protect minors that will align the Vatican with best practices of the church worldwide.Their response to the issue is one that Francis has explicitly rejected: one-size-fits-all retribution.These include child soldiers, child prostitutes, starving children, children kidnapped and often victimized by the horrid commerce of human organs or enslaved, child victims of war, refugee children, aborted children and so many others.The pope is a supreme monarch: Cant he just order everyone to do this?Removing from exercise of ministry should not be seen as a punishment but rather as the duty to protect the flock, Archbishop Scicluna told journalists.Also by this author, summer Reading.The primary purpose of the summit was never to devise severe new legislation, for which a global meeting of church leaders would hardly be necessary.