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Vatican City, a meeting on abuse: mgr. Scicluna, “I think we will manage to issue” a list of victims, but “publishing the figures is not enough”

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“I think we will get to that”. This is how mgr. Charles Scicluna, archbishop of Malta and member of the organising committee of a meeting about “the protection of children in the Church”, answered the questions asked by the press about how many cases of abuse have been committed by the clergy. “I talked about that with card. Ladaria, he is not against it”, said the archbishop, who is adjunct secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: “I think we will manage to issue” a list of victims, this is what Scicluna expects to do, though he pointed out: “Publishing the figures is not enough, an in-depth study is needed to give some context”. In this respect, Scicluna quoted “As a loving mother”, the Motu Proprio issued by Pope Francis in 2016, in which “the Pope gave a specific procedure” to get to report the cases. As to such issue, Scicluna went on, “we have no statistic figures: the problem is implementing the law, creating a culture in the dioceses that can give support”. The word used by Scicluna to define the goal of such cultural awareness-raising plan is “empowerment”, which “is not all about having to do something, it is also about being able to do something”. “If a pastor does not do his job well, there is a procedure to report that: bishops are there to make sure people’s voice reaches their respective countries. It is essential that they act as go-betweens in such cooperation”.

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