Pope Francis vowed to confront clergy sex abusers with the ‘wrath of God’ as he ended his landmark Vatican Summit. He offered eight ‘best practices’ to use as guidelines and says the Vatican is ‘developing legislation’ for the church. Ideas range from training in seminaries and supporting victims.
However, survivors of abuse say the Pope didn’t do enough, especially when it comes to punishing bishops who fail to act when necessary.
Unless he starts removing bishops who egregiously covered up these crimes, he’s not leading by example,” said Rep. Mark Rozzi, Pa. state legislator and clergy abuse survivor.
Cardinal Daniel Dinardo, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic bishops acknowledged that specific action still needs to be determined. U.S. bishops will gather in June for an annual meeting where they will consider proposals on how to move forward and deal with abuse.
The church promised to implement a new law that would create a child protection policy for Vatican City.