German cardinal urges changes to Vatican secrecy

"There should not be a business class in some particular churches and an economy class in others", she said.

Phil Saviano was among 12 abuse victims invited to testify at the Vatican. "Maybe they can't see those burns, but they hurt and they hurt constantly".

Catholic priests from across the world have been found guilty of sexually abusing both adults and children and the church is accused of trying to cover numerous crimes up.

Huggins says there is work to be done in Vancouver, as she takes a role on the Archdiocese's case review committee.

After years of dealing with extreme depression and just months after telling his parents what had happened, Eric Patterson took his own life in 2000.

Huggins was first groomed by Rev. John Edward McCann when she was 11 years old, she said. "And if they aren't going to deal with it, the shame is theirs to keep", Huggins said.

For decades, countries around the world, including Canada and the US, have documented cases of Catholic officials sexually abusing children, despite the church's attempt to cover up the incidents.

She's hopeful this week's worldwide summit at the Vatican will change things for victims, those who've come forward and those who are still in hiding. He has said that he himself was molested by a priest when he was young. The prestigious American newspaper said the guilty priest would physically beat the girl up and compelled her to have abortions.

"I've been talking about this for I think 28-years now".

She also called for more women to be involved in the fight against abuse.

Pointing out that "Abuses against minors are neither rumours nor gossip: they are crimes", Alazraki told those present she would like them "to leave this hall with the conviction that we journalist are neither those who abuse nor those who cover up".

After he offered the bishops a vision of what a bishop should be, the Vatican's onetime sex crimes prosecutor told them what a bishop should do. Currently, the minimum age is 14 for females and 16 for males.

But it did feature one of the strongest clerical advocates for taking action on the abuse crisis: Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston, who is both a close advisor of Pope Francis and occasionally critical of the pontiff's efforts to address the scandal.

"It's a global issue", she said, noting that, while many nations lack mandatory reporting laws that can aid abuse victims, such disparities should spur the church to do more, not less.

Along with clear and comprehensive safeguarding policies in every diocese and devoting resources to help survivors heal from their suffering, Sister Openibo said the church also must give seminarians and male and female novices a "clear and balanced education and training" about sexuality and boundaries.

Survivors of abuse are hoping that the summit will elicit real change in the church's approach to scandals.

"We would expect on Monday, the five bishops from Pennsylvania - who, on the stand, testified that they covered up abuse - would be laicized", she says.

"The summit centers on three themes: responsibility, accountability and transparency". But Gracias told the mother he was heading off to Rome, the BBC reported, leaving India without informing authorities of the allegation.

"Christ was not namby-pamby".

He urged the church to redefine its standards of confidentiality and make its judiciary more open, as well as report numbers and details linked with abuse cases. "The church has to be pro-active in facing it", she said.

Acting on a proposal from his sex abuse advisory commission, Francis and his group of cardinal advisers agreed in 2015 to create a tribunal section within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to prosecute bishops and superiors when they botched cases.

  • Leroy Wright