News by email Donate

Suggestions

Abuse walk picbanner.JPG
Reuters
Abuse walk pic.JPG
Reuters
World News

Victims of church abuse march to Rome

by Reuters Journalist

A group of Catholic Church abuse victims and their advocates have called on Pope Francis to enforce "zero tolerance" against clerical sex abuse, after completing a six-day pilgrimage to Rome carrying a large wooden cross.

The 10 men and women walked 130 kilometres (81 miles) along the last stretch of the Via Francigena, a medieval trail that connects Canterbury to Rome, ahead of a major Vatican summit on the future of the Church, starting next week.

''And we have come to Rome with a 'Zero tolerance' law that has been drafted by canon lawyers, that will make zero tolerance a universal law of the church," said U.S. attorney Timothy Law, co-founder of Ending Clergy Abuse (ECA).

Sex abuse and cover-up scandals have shredded the Catholic Church's reputation and have been a major challenge for the pope, who has passed a series of measures aimed at holding the Church hierarchy more accountable, with mixed results.

ECA activists came to Rome in the run-up to the synod, an Oct. 4-29 Vatican meeting of world bishops. It is due to discuss, among other things, giving women a greater role in the Church, and the approach towards LGBT people.

"I don't know how you can move into a future if you have not solved the criminal problem of (predator) priests and cover-up by the hierarchy in the Catholic Church," Peter Isely, another U.S.-based member of ECA, said about the synod.

A Monthly Gift Of $11 Makes A World Of Difference

In a world of fake news there’s never been a greater need for quality Christian journalism. Premier’s mission is to provide the Church with the most up to date and relevant news, told from a Christian perspective. But we can’t do it without you.

Unlike many websites we haven't put up a paywall — we want to keep our journalism free at the point of need and as open as we can. Premier’s news output takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. No one in the USA is sharing news like we are across radio, magazines and online so please help us to continue that today.

For a monthly gift of $11 or more we’d also be able to send you a free copy of the brand new Premier Bible, a wonderful Anglicised version of the NLT packed with exclusive bonus content, reading plan and resources to help you get the most out of scripture.

Your monthly support will make a world of difference. Thank you.

Support Us
Continue the conversation on our Facebook page

Related Articles

Sign up to our newsletter to stay informed with news from a Christian perspective.

News by email

Connect

Donate

Donate