Vatican Abuse Summit

Robert Royal reports on the Vatican gathering of bishops’ conference presidents: The Protection of Minors in the Church.

After the Summit

Reform of the kind we need – however much anger and frustration we are going to feel in the meantime – is going to be a long-term project in which we are all going to have to assume new responsibilities. All the more reason not to be swept away by emotions, but to maintain targeted, reasoned pressure on Rome and everywhere else in the Church. Read more.

The End of a Beginning

Robert Royal: Presentations at the final day of the Vatican confab on abuse featured key speakers from Nigeria, Germany, and Malta. Good may come yet. Read more.

Continuing Controversies and Unanswered Questions

Robert Royal: The bishops now seem to have approval from Rome to act as they see fit in their circumstances. But will they be allowed to really do it? Read more.

21 Points for Reflection and More

Even before it opened, many people were dismissing the summit on the Protection of Minors as a diversion intended – more accurately – for the Protection of the Higher Ups, in the Vatican and elsewhere in the hierarchy. And it would be difficult to deny that one of the crucial sides of the abuse crisis, namely holding bishops and Church leaders accountable, has been insulated from the actual proceedings – with the weak excuse that, though important, it would dilute the focus on minors, who are the most vulnerable. Read more.

The Coming Global Storm

Many people – even many Catholics – who only follow Church matters vaguely, have been puzzled by the Vatican’s conspicuous lack of a sense of urgency about the sexual abuse crisis. Yes, there’s a “summit” on abuse that starts today, but only after months and with a program that looks very carefully stage-managed to keep the most troubling questions at a distance from the Vatican itself. Read more.

The Abuse Summit: It’s Only the Beginning

Robert Royal: People are happy that McCarrick has finally been defrocked, but now we need to deal with other abusers and their enablers. Read more.