Pope Francis convened a meeting of the Presidents of all the episcopal conferences of the world to discuss the prevention of abuse of minors and other vulnerable persons within the Church. The meeting will take place in the Vatican from 21 to 24 February 2019.
As reported by the deputy director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Paloma García Ovejero, journalists accredited in a meeting to explain the issues discussed at the last meeting of the Council of Cardinals that advises the Pope in the reform of the Curia, known like C9, the Holy Father made this call after listening to the Council of Cardinals.
In addition, the deputy director of the Press Room, read a communiqué from the C9 in which it states that during this meeting “the Council has reflected extensively together with the Holy Father on the issue of abuse, relaunching the statement already released by the Chamber of Press of the Holy See on September 10 “.
In that text the cardinals expressed their full solidarity to Pope Francis before the accusations published on August 25 by the former nuncio in the United States, Msgr. Carlo Maria Viganò, in an 11-page letter in which he claimed that various priests, bishops , Cardinals and even Pope Francis knew of the abuses of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and acted negligently or concealed it.
The Council of Cardinals held its 26th meeting from Monday 10 to Wednesday 12 September. Cardinals George Pell, Francisco Javier Errázuriz and Laurent Monsengwo Pasinya were not present.
The Pontiff participated in the meetings except on Monday at the last hour of the morning, which had to be absent to receive Cardinal Beniamino Stella; Tuesday morning due to the ad limina visit of the Venezuelan Episcopal Conference, and the morning of this Wednesday September 12 due to the General Audience.
The cardinals devoted a significant part of the work to making the final adjustments to the draft of the new Apostolic Constitution of the Roman Curia, whose provisional title is “Praedicate evangelium”. The Council sent to Pope Francis the provisional text that, nevertheless, still has to be submitted to a revision of style and a canonical rereading.
As previously reported, the cardinals asked the Pope for a reflection on the work, structure and composition of the C9, taking into account the advanced age of some of its members.
Likewise, the cardinals expressed, once again, their full solidarity with Pope Francis for all that happened in recent weeks as a result of the letter of Bishop Viganò.