VATICAN CITY — In the decades since the crisis of clerical sexual abuse of children first exploded, the Roman Catholic church has struggled to resolve a scourge that has eroded its credibility, driven away the faithful and stained its priests, bishops, cardinals and popes.
On Monday, as the Vatican prepared for a meeting that will include Pope Francis and the presidents of the world’s bishops conferences, the church was still looking for a way forward.
“My hope is that people see this as a turning point,” Cardinal Blase Cupich, the archbishop of Chicago, said at a Vatican news conference. He said he hoped the meeting, titled “The Protection of Minors in the Church,” would be a “rallying moment” to make sure all the bishops were on the same page.
The four-day meeting, which begins on Thursday, will bring together 190 participants, including 114 presidents of bishops’ conferences or their delegates, representatives from 14 Eastern churches in communion with Rome, female and male leaders of religious orders and the chiefs of several Vatican congregations.
Victims of sexual abuse will speak of their experiences during evening prayers but will not otherwise address the meeting. About a dozen survivors will meet with the organizers on Wednesday, abuse survivors said.
At the news conference, the prelates tasked by the pope with organizing the meeting spoke of the need to hold bishops accountable for addressing the problem, and stated that homosexuality was not a cause of the abuse of minors by priests.
They also stressed another theme of the conference, the need for greater transparency. In an effort to soften its reputation as secretive and hostile to the press, the Vatican’s website for the closed-door event will live-stream parts of the meeting and report on the content of others.
Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, the Vatican’s chief sex crimes investigator, thanked the media for its investigative stories that have “bought this topic to where it should belong.”
Asked at the news conference about the culture of secrecy that has allowed known molesters to remain in the church for decades without their parishioners’ knowledge, he said that “silence is a no-go,” whether that means “criminal or malicious complicity and a code of a silence or whether it’s denial.”
“Confronting the facts will make us free,” he said.
But many times over the years, the church has fallen short of promises of toughness, openness and accountability on the issue of sexual abuse, and survivors have tempered their expectations.
On Monday, a Vatican spokesman declined to answer when asked if Msgr. Joseph Punderson remained in his post at the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, where he has worked since 1993. The diocese of New Jersey listed him this month among those “credibly accused of the sexual abuse of a minor” and removed him from ministry.
“We are not here, now, discussing a single case,” said the Vatican spokesman, Alessandro Gisotti.
Archbishop Scicluna interjected: “The question is a legitimate question and people need to know that what Rome asks of the local churches it also ready to apply at home.”
Pressed again by reporters, Mr. Gisotti said of Monsignor Punderson, “He is not at the Tribunal of the Signatura at this moment,” though he did not clarify if that meant he had been removed from his post.
Anne Barrett Doyle, a co-director of BishopAccountability.org, one of the groups that have already begun protesting in St. Peter’s Square, said failure to answer the question clearly was a “cop-out.”
Cardinal Cupich, a progressive and favorite of Pope Francis, said that by calling the meeting, the pope wanted to send a message to all bishops that the issue was an urgent priority, and that “each one of them has to claim responsibility and ownership of this problem.” He said that the meeting would compel bishops to identify and close any “loopholes” with concrete steps.
Pope Francis himself has been late to the issue. After first encouraging advocates for victims of abuse with tough talk at the beginning of his pontificate, he was slow to act. In a trip to Chile last year, he dismissed the accusations of some abuse survivors as slander, but later apologized and said that an investigation led by Archbishop Scicluna had opened his eyes to “grave errors” by the church.
On Saturday, Francis defrocked Theodore E. McCarrick, a former cardinal and archbishop of Washington, D.C., after a church finding that he had sexually abused minors and adult seminarians.
It is believed to be the first time a cardinal has ever been expelled from the priesthood for such offenses.
Asked on Monday if he believed that the pope had evolved in his approach to the issue, Archbishop Scicluna said, “I would concentrate on where he is now.” He did not specifically cite Mr. McCarrick, but he argued that the pope’s most recent actions and language showed he did not “hide away from confronting reality” and that the mere fact that he called the meeting spoke volumes.
“He is ready to say `I got that wrong, we’re not going to do it again or we are going to do it right,’ ” he said. “I think that gives us great hope.”
He said the pope had asked the meeting’s organizers to stay on in Rome after its conclusion to start the process of following through and auditing the world’s bishops.
Many conservatives in the church have blamed homosexuality for the clerical sex abuse of minors, a critique most notably aired by Carlo Maria Viganò, the former papal ambassador to the United Nations, who last year accused the pope of covering up abuse.
It has been a difficult issue for Pope Francis, who has counseled tolerance of gays. He heads a priesthood with a high proportion of gay men who, whether or not they obey the command to be celibate, dare not speak openly about their orientation.
In response to a question, Cardinal Cupich acknowledged that the crisis primarily involves “male on male sex abuse,” but he added that studies had for years demonstrated “that homosexuality in itself is not a cause” of abuse, and that it was a matter of opportunity and poor training.
Pope Francis has blamed the abuse of power by clerics, which he calls clericalism, as the root problem.
The prelates said they were focusing solely on sex abuse of minors to avoid distraction by adding too many subjects.
By protecting minors, they said, they would be in a better position to safeguard vulnerable adults, including nuns who have been abused by priests.
The meeting will include three presentations by women, and discussions within 11 working groups divided according to language.
The Vatican had urged the participants to fill out questionnaires and Pope Francis required the invited bishops to meet with survivors on their home turf before coming to Rome.
“Listening to the victims is an important starting point,” the Reverend Federico Lombardi, the moderator for the meeting and the former Vatican spokesman, said on Monday.
Only by speaking with victims one-to-one within their own cultural context, he said, could bishops fully grasp that “the problem exists, it is diffuse, and runs deeply.”B:
红姐心水论坛开码【后】【边】【的】【兵】【马】【冲】【上】【前】【来】，【被】【袁】【志】【海】【带】【人】【骑】【马】【冲】【击】【过】【去】，【来】【到】【近】【处】，【李】【兵】【八】【人】【放】【箭】【退】【敌】。【他】【们】【箭】【术】【如】【神】，【例】【无】【虚】【发】，【刷】【刷】【刷】【八】【箭】，【将】【来】【敌】【中】【的】【八】【名】【头】【领】【射】【下】【马】【来】，【众】【人】【顿】【时】【大】【惊】，【勒】【马】【后】【退】，【几】【个】【火】【把】【掉】【落】【地】【上】，【被】【马】【蹄】【践】【踏】【踩】【断】。 【侯】【三】【起】【嘶】【声】【催】【促】，【让】【部】【下】【大】【声】【呐】【喊】，【用】【以】【假】【装】【声】【势】。 【这】【些】【个】【人】【征】【战】【南】【北】，【经】【验】【丰】
【感】【觉】【到】【她】【慢】【慢】【平】【息】【的】【脉】【膊】，【东】【方】【羽】【这】【才】【舒】【声】【道】：“【没】【事】【了】！” 【随】【后】【再】【看】【向】【那】【边】【几】【人】【的】【抢】【救】，【见】【那】【蹲】【在】【一】【旁】【的】【人】【一】【手】【银】【针】【使】【的】【出】【神】【入】【化】，【手】【法】【熟】【悉】【的】【让】【他】【不】【可】【置】【信】，【脑】【中】【千】【回】【百】【转】，【一】【想】【通】【此】【人】【是】【谁】【时】【双】【眸】【猛】【的】【睁】【大】：【他】【是】 【大】【约】【过】【去】【半】【个】【时】【辰】，【一】【头】【冷】【汗】【的】【暗】【一】【这】【才】【深】【舒】【了】【口】【气】，【拔】【出】【最】【后】【一】【根】【银】【针】
【当】【晨】【曦】【突】【破】【了】【黑】【暗】【的】【包】【围】，【开】【始】【给】【大】【地】【温】【柔】【地】【装】【扮】【起】【来】，【晨】【风】【也】【顽】【皮】【地】【跑】【来】【凑】【热】【闹】，【把】【晨】【幕】【拉】【开】，【让】【万】【物】【袒】【露】【在】【日】【光】【下】。 【云】【情】【悦】【把】【跑】【到】【阿】【含】【脸】【上】【的】【一】【缕】【发】【丝】【拂】【开】，【发】【丝】【柔】【软】，【带】【着】【夜】【的】【微】【凉】。 【他】【只】【是】【这】【么】【安】【安】【静】【静】【地】【躺】【着】，【就】【有】【一】【种】【动】【人】【心】【魄】【的】【美】。 【这】【个】【男】【人】，【这】【么】【睡】【着】【的】【时】【候】【看】【起】【来】【那】【么】【无】【害】【而】【美】【好】，【直】
【纪】【然】【连】【续】【三】【天】【做】【了】【三】【台】【大】【手】【术】，【都】【是】【主】【刀】。【除】【了】【鲜】【少】【的】【休】【息】【时】【间】【外】，【他】【几】【乎】【都】【泡】【在】【手】【术】【室】【里】。 【最】【后】【一】【台】【手】【术】【终】【于】【做】【完】，【他】【出】【手】【术】【室】【先】【朝】【家】【属】【仔】【细】【说】【明】【情】【况】，【才】【终】【于】【长】【叹】【一】【口】【气】【离】【去】。 “【纪】【医】【生】，【你】【明】【明】【都】【累】【的】【话】【读】【讲】【不】【出】【了】，【非】【要】【自】【己】【去】【讲】【解】，【由】【我】【这】【个】【辅】【刀】【讲】【也】【是】【一】【样】【的】。”【王】【嘉】【担】【心】【地】【看】【向】【纪】【然】。 【纪】【然】红姐心水论坛开码【这】【个】【问】【题】【还】【要】【看】【怎】【么】【算】，【看】【是】【相】【对】【于】【一】【般】【人】【来】【说】，【还】【是】【相】【对】【于】【宁】【少】【的】【身】【份】【来】【说】。 【要】【是】【一】【般】【人】【的】【话】，【抱】【一】【下】【就】【三】【块】【钱】，【抱】【进】【家】【门】【翻】【一】【倍】【六】【块】【钱】，【这】【就】【是】【在】【家】【吃】【连】【三】【天】【都】【有】【好】【多】【人】【愿】【意】【的】【吧】？ 【但】【对】【于】【堂】【堂】【宁】【少】【来】【说】，【就】【有】【些】【不】【忍】【直】【视】【了】。 【小】【豆】【子】【本】【来】【端】【着】【切】【好】【的】【水】【果】【过】【来】，【就】【听】【到】【小】【人】【这】【番】【价】【格】，【两】【道】【眉】
【陈】【院】【长】【的】【话】【刚】【刚】【说】【完】，【众】【人】【纷】【纷】【帮】【助】【陈】【枫】【说】【道】：“【不】【错】，【我】【相】【信】【陈】【神】【医】，【我】【的】【病】【就】【是】【在】【这】【里】【医】【治】【好】【的】，【完】【全】【没】【有】【问】【题】。” “【不】【错】，【我】【也】【相】【信】【陈】【神】【医】，【为】【什】【么】【这】【么】【多】【人】【没】【有】【事】【情】【而】【你】【却】【有】【事】【情】【了】，【还】【故】【意】【两】【天】【之】【后】【来】【这】【里】【闹】，【分】【明】【就】【是】【狼】【心】【狗】【肺】，【故】【意】【栽】【赃】【陷】【害】，【想】【让】【神】【医】【身】【败】【名】【裂】。” “【我】【不】【管】【你】【们】【怎】【么】【样】，【反】
【张】【行】【成】【虽】【然】【同】【意】【加】【封】【薛】【大】【鼎】，【但】【李】【承】【乾】【对】【于】【薛】【大】【鼎】【能】【解】【决】【这】【伊】【川】【的】【事】【情】，【也】【不】【报】【多】【大】【希】【望】。 【不】【过】【现】【在】【他】【也】【没】【有】【更】【好】【的】【办】【法】【只】【能】【先】【如】【此】。 【暂】【时】【放】【下】【洛】【阳】【的】【事】【情】，【李】【承】【乾】【脸】【色】【严】【肃】【地】【回】【头】【对】【刘】【葵】【道】：“【把】【那】【些】【奏】【疏】【都】【抬】【上】【来】。” 【刘】【葵】【忙】【对】【殿】【门】【口】【的】【小】【内】【侍】【使】【个】【眼】【色】，【不】【一】【时】【就】【有】【内】【侍】【抬】【进】【来】【两】【口】【大】【箱】【子】，【放】【在】【大】
【第】【一】【千】【九】【百】【三】【十】【八】【章】【求】【你】，【助】【我】 “【那】【么】【接】【下】【来】【师】【伯】【打】【算】【怎】【么】【做】？” “【布】【阵】。” 【殷】【道】【航】【语】【毕】，【双】【手】【从】【袖】【中】【抬】【起】。【只】【见】【他】，【以】【指】【为】【笔】，【唰】【唰】【唰】【在】【空】【中】【书】【画】。【一】【道】【繁】【复】【的】【阵】【图】【迅】【速】【成】【形】。 【殷】【璃】【虽】【然】【不】【精】【于】【阵】【图】，【但】【记】【忆】【力】【却】【还】【是】【不】【错】【的】，【认】【出】【来】【这】【阵】【图】【就】【是】【殷】【家】【祖】【宅】【底】【下】【的】【血】【阵】。【不】【过】【较】【之】【血】【阵】【又】【有】【着】【些】【许】【不】