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Abuse experts look to coming Catholic synod to promote accountability on abuse

Survivors of sex abuse hold a cross as they gather in front of Via della Conciliazione, the road leading to St Peter's Square, visible in background, during a twilight vigil prayer of the victims of sex abuse, in Rome, on 21st February, 2019.

Vatican CityRNS Abuse prevention experts gathered in Rome said on Thursday that the Synod on Synodality’s potential to reform power structures and promote dialogue could also improve abuse prevention and accountability in the Catholic Church. The Synod on Synodality, launched by Pope Francis in 2021, has sought out the views of Catholics all over the […]

Vatican-backed sex abuse research institute expands mandate

Vatican Pontifical Gregorian University Hans Zollner1

Rome, ItalyAP The Catholic Church’s foremost research institute studying sexual abuse of minors is expanding its mandate to also include the sexual and spiritual abuse of adults, evidence of the Vatican’s increasing awareness that children aren’t the only victims of clergy who abuse their power and authority. Rev Hans Zollner, one of Pope Francis’ top […]