In a letter dated February 2, 2015 and addressed to the Presidents of Episcopal Conferences and Superiors of Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, Pope Francis reaffirms the need for the Church at all levels "to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure the protection of minors and vulnerable adults, and to respond to their needs with fairness and mercy." In his letter, the Holy Father recalls the mandate of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, formally established in March 2014, as well as the Circular Letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the faith published on May 3, 2011. "This document was issued to assist Episcopal Conferences in drawing up guidelines for handling cases of sexual abuse of minors by clerics," the Pope notes.
"Families need to know that the Church is making every effort to protect their children," Pope Francis says in his letter. "They should also know that they have every right to turn to the...Read More