“Pope Francis is close to victims of abuse” & related article
05 April 2013
The Holy Father received in Audience this morning Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. On this occasion various topics of the Dicastery’s competence were discussed. The Holy Father recommended in particular that the Congregation, continuing on the lines desired by Benedict XVI, should act with determination with regard to cases of sex abuse. In the first place, it should promote measures for the protection of minors; help for those who have suffered such violence in the past, the due procedures for the guilty, and the commitment of Bishops’ Conferences to formulate and implement the necessary guidelines in this area which is so important for the witness of the Church and for her credibility. The Holy Father gave the Archbishop his assurance that the victims of abuse are present in a special way in his attention and his prayers.
Pope Francis confirms Benedict XVI’s decisive line on sex abuse
(Vatican Radio) Below we publish a translation of a communique issued Friday morning by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith:
The Holy Father today received in audience Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. During the audience, various subjects pertaining to the Dicastery were discussed, the Holy Father recommended in particular that the Congregation, continue the line desired by Benedict XVI of decisive action regarding cases of sexual abuse, primarily by promoting measures for child protection; help for the many who in the past have suffered such violence; due process against those who are guilty; the commitment of Bishops’ Conferences in the formulation and implementation of the necessary directives in this area which is of great importance to the witness of the Church and its credibility. The Holy Father assured that the victims of abuse and their suffering are especially present in his thoughts and prayers.