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Synod report addresses abuse crisis


Clerical sexual abuse, women in Church leadership, gender, sexuality and ‘synodality’ formed the basis of the final document released following the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment last month.<br />

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The month-long synod in Rome saw 250 bishops from around the world join Pope Francis, along with religious sisters, brothers, lay and youth representatives to discuss issues of importance to young people and the future Church.

The 60-page final document approved by the synod included references to the scourge of child sexual abuse.

“Different types of abuse committed by some bishops, priests, religious and laity provoke in those who are victims, including many young people, suffering that can last a lifetime to which no repentance can bring remedy,” the bishops said in the document.

“The synod reaffirms the firm commitment to the adoption of rigorous prevention measures that prevent (abuses) from being repeated, starting from the selection and training of those who will be entrusted with tasks of responsibility and education.”



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