What's this? / Report Bad Ads
Latest News
Vatican

Holy See confirms investigation of Order of Malta

January 17, 2017. The Holy See has issued a statement Tuesday in response to "attempts by the Order of Malta to discredit” the new group established by the Vatican to conduct the investigation of why the Chancellor of the Order of Malta was asked to step down.
World

Pope sends condolences for victims of Turkish cargo jet crash

January 16, 2017. On Monday morning, a Turkish cargo plane has tragically crashed in Kyrgyzstan, killing dozens and hospitalizing many others. Many homes and vehicles in the small village are also destroyed. As a result, Vatican Secretary of State, Pietro Parolin has sent a message of condolences to the victims of the disaster on behalf of Pope Francis.
Vatican

Pope Francis to meet with Palestinian president on Saturday

January 11, 2017. Pope Francis will meet with Palestinian president, Mahmud Abbas on Saturday, January 14, at the Vatican to inaugurate the new Palestinian embassy to the Holy See.
Vatican

Former Director of the Vatican's school for diplomats, Justo Mullor dies

December 30, 2016. The smiling archbishop Justo Mullor died this morning in Rome, at the Pío XI Clinic. He was 84 years old.

U.S. Bishop: “We are called to bring forth child and youth protection, not bishop protection”

2015-06-26

The Anglophone Conference on the Safeguarding of Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults was recently held in Rome. Participants from throughout the world spent several days discussing how the Church can become safer and rebuild trust with the faithful.

BISHOP EDWARD J. BURNS
Juneau, Alaska (United States)
"We've acknowledged that the sacred has been twisted by evil. That is to say, the sacred lives of innocent children have been abused. We used these days to strategize on how we can improve our work in creating a safe environment in our Church.”

Bishop Edward Burns currently serves as Chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on the Protection of Children and Young People. It's a long title, but he has a clear mission.

BISHOP EDWARD BURNS
Juneau, Alaska (United States)
"We're called to assist bishops in any way in creating that safe environment, but our primary mandate is that we protect. We are called to bring forth child and youth protection, not bishop protection. And so it's important for us to stay focused on this mandate of establishing safe environments in our Church.”

In the United States, about two million priests, deacons, religious, and lay people go through sexual abuse detection training. So do five million children.  But Burns says that's not enough.

BISHOP EDWARD BURNS
Juneau, Alaska (United States)
"While it may be large, is it complete? No. Because with adults, we're looking at a, probably 98 percent participation in it. When looking at the children, we're at about 94 percent. While those percentages are high, it's not 100 percent yet.”

While the worst days of the sex abuse crisis may be over, Burns stressed that "it's an ongoing issue” and that his work focuses on continual improvement. Today, the greatest challenge is to ensure that reform's momentum is not lost.


ATO
MG
-VM
PR
Up:LOA