Statement prior to the Meeting on the Protection of Minors in Rome UISG / USG

Statement prior to the Meeting on the Protection of Minors in Rome UISG / USG

“The abuse of children is wrong anywhere and anytime: this point is not negotiable” 

#PBC2019

(Original text in English)

As the meeting on safeguarding and protection of minors begins we, the Major Superiors of Religious Orders and Congregations around the world, unite in support of this initiative of Pope Francis. In our work as religious, we come across many situations where children are abused, neglected, maltreated and unwanted. We see child soldiers; the trafficking of minors; the sexual abuse of minors; the physical and emotional abuse of minors. They cry out to us. As adults, as Christians and as religious we want to work so that their lives are changed and that the situations in which they are brought up are improved. The common theme across all of these issues is vulnerability. Children are the most vulnerable in our societies. Children who are poor, who are disabled or destitute, or who are on the margins, who belong to lower social classes or castes may have a particular vulnerability. They are considered dispensable, to be used and abused.

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Visit the website of the Meeting on the Protection of Minors, Vatican, February 21-24

Streaming of the Meeting

7 thoughts on “Statement prior to the Meeting on the Protection of Minors in Rome UISG / USG

  1.   Roswitha Steffens says:

    I hope you can understand my answer to your statement because it was written in english and I will answer in gerrman:

    Ich bete für sie alle und ihre Intention gegen den Missbrauch von Kindern zu arbeiten, die ohne Ausnahme auf diese erwachsene Unterstützung angewiesen sind. Damit können wir den Lebenswillen stärken, der uns in unseren gemeinsamen Aufgaben unterstützt.

    Ihre Ausführungen zum Thema haben mich sehr berührt, denn sie zeigen nicht nur ehrliche Reue innterhalb der Kirche sondern auch ein reges Interesse an dem, was durch den Missbrauch ihrer Macht verletzt wurde. Die Erkenntnisse aus dem Leid der Opfer, die sprechen wollen und auch können, die tragen Sorge dafür, dass die Angst vor dem verschwindet was uns über die Zeit das Vertrauen in Gott raubte. Im Bewusstsein der Aufarbeitung dieser grausamen Taten steht uns Gott bei, denn ich bin sicher er weiß um unsere Reue.

    Was nun vor jedem von uns liegt darf nicht zum reinen Bittgang werden, denn wir haben nur einen Herrn, dem wir Rechenschaft schulden. Dieses Treffen muss dem Missbrauch der Kirche einen Widerstand entgegensetzen, der sich weder durch einzelne Personen aufbaut noch am gemeinsamen Voranschreiten durch den bereits begonnenen Dialog gehindert wird. Ich glaube dieser Widerstand ist der Wille des Volkes, das vor Gott steht und nur darauf wartet ihn als Vater im Geiste anzunehmen und durch seinen Sohn in dieses Leben zurückzukehren.

    In diesem Sinne vielen Dank für die Möglichkeit hier an Sie zu schreiben.

    Nur um dies auch noch einmal in dem Zusammenhang anzumerken, ich persönlich habe in den vergangenen Jahren den Eindruck gewonnen, das gerade im Bereich des Missbrauchs von Macht viel erreicht werden konnte. Wir sind noch lange nicht am Ziel, doch ich kann fühlen, dass wir uns als Kirche bereits mit dem richtigen Weg auseinandersetzen. Das ist ein schwieriges Unterfangen, denn die ganze Menschheit ist davon betroffen und damit auch jede einzelne Person.

    In diesem Sinn bete ich für die Mission, die sich die Kirche mit Jesus selbst auferlegt hat.

    •   Ufficio Comunicazioni says:

      Thank you very much for your message. I used google translator, so perhaps I have missed something, but in general I grasped the message. Thank you for your balance and awarness of the complexity of the reality.

  2.   Mary Dieterrle says:

    Where is your OUTRAGE over the sexual abuse of Religious Women at the hands of “religious men”? This is absolutely outrageous. Pope Francis is “looking into” the problem!!?? I am a former nun and a devoted Catholic. These accusations make me sick to my stomach. Where I go from here is between me and God. Your organization has the absolute responsibility to make sure that not another nun is subjected to abuse at the hands at the a so called, ordained ” man of God”.

  3.   ozzie says:

    Thank you for statement by Religious Superiors on abuse of minors, Abuse of Power and the lack of sense of proper responsibility. What should the focus be on? On the Victims or the organisations from which perpetrators came?

    The paragraph on Victims begins “Lastly…. ” Help! Surely it should begin “Firstly…. We acknowledge the abuse of Children, teenagers, religious and others. We are so so sorry for the pain, suffering and harm sometimes for a lifetime that priests and religious have inflicted on others for whom we should have been caring, and whom we had pledged to serve. These lapses are outrageous. We are so sorry. We recognise that the hurt to these people is the pain and torment that Jesus suffered.

    We wish to do all that we can to make up for the lapses of our bretheren. Tell us how we can do this. Please get in touch for us to arrange healing.

    Does the very measured tone distance the Religious Orders from The pain of the Victims. This announcement seems to be distracted by the pain and suffering of the Orders – which is immense and unrepairable. Should the focus be on the victims and on healing of all involved as perpetrators and of victims and other interested parties?

    If we are a community, then how do we come together to All be One and join together in going forward?

    How can a priest abuse and then go and Celebrate Holy Mass? have heard of a get out: that a priest in mortal sin can say Mass if to not do so would cause scandle. Is this correct? SHould this ‘rule’ be changed?

    Lord we turn to you Now and ask your forgiveness We are all caught up in this. We are called to be one body, one with you Lord. Help us please to open up and set in place a will to share and really share all for YOU. Help us to focus on the pain inflicted by our People upon our people. Help us to assist in building a community where any of us can know what is going on and to take action to prevent and to heal. Lord Come into our hearts we pray.

    Ozzie, Bath

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