The sexual abuse of children becomes even more scandalous when it occurs in the Catholic Church, “for it is utterly incompatible with her moral authority and ethical credibility,” the Pope pointed out. At the end of the unprecedented four-day summit held in the Vatican called „ Protection of Minors in the Church”, attended by the heads of all national bishops from more than 130 countries, he compared child abuse sex to the human sacrifice of the ancient religious practice in pagan rites. He severely accused the guilty persons in the Catolic Church: “The consecrated person, chosen by God to guide souls to salvation, lets himself be subjugated by his own human frailty, or by his own illness, thus becoming a tool of Satan. In the abuses, we see the hand of evil that does not spare even the innocence of children.”
The Pope at the summit
The participants at the summit heard some testimonies from victims. A victim from Asia said he had been molested more than 100 times. The Church has been accused of covering up crimes around the world. Workable solutions are expected. Victims and survivors of abuse will call for detailed practical steps to be announced.