Summit on sex abuse: Silence and denial are unacceptable

VATICAN (CNS): When presented with an accusation that a priest has sexually abused a child, “whether it’s criminal or malicious complicity and a code of silence or whether it is denial” on a very human level, such reactions are no longer tolerable, Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, the Vatican’s top investigator of abuse cases said during a news conference on February 18.
The archbishop, who handles abuse cases as adjunct secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was part of a panel of speakers at the news conference who outlined the Vatican’s plans and hopes for the February 21 to 24 summit on the protection of minors in the Church.
The meeting was to bring together almost 190 Church leaders:...