CHURCH AND ABUSE: MGR. SCICLUNA, NO TO THE “DEADLY CULTURE OF SILENCE” (2)
“The acknowledgement and acceptance of the whole truth about the facts, including their painful effects and consequences – the Promoter of Justice continued – is a source of true healing both for the victim and for the culprit”. Then we have to be aware that “the lack of respect for truth gives rise to suspicion and mistrust”. In his speech, Mgr. Scicluna recalled the different measures taken by the Church over the years to address and prevent child abuse. “The law is clear but – he added - the faithful want to be sure that the Church respects the law. No matter how clear the law is, this is not sufficient to guarantee peace and order in the community. Our people need to know that the law is enforced”. Finally a remark on the Church’s cooperation with judicial authorities: “The sexual abuse of minors – Mgr. Scicluna stated – is not just a canonical crime or a violation of a Code of Behaviour of an institution, be it religious or non-religious, but also a crime prosecuted by civil law. Although relations with the civil authorities may differ from one country to another, it is important to cooperate with them within the respective competencies”.