VATICAN CITY – Pope Benedict XVI urged “profound renewal” on every level of the Catholic Church to prevent child abuse, as a top cardinal conceded that canon law was not enough to deal with pedophilia.
“Healing for victims must be of paramount concern in the Christian community, and it must go hand in hand with a profound renewal of the Church at every level,” the pope said in a statement released by the Vatican.
In his message to the 200 bishops, cardinals and academic experts taking part in the Vatican’s first-ever conference on the issue, the pope also called for “a vigorous culture of effective safeguarding and victim support.”
Catholic leaders from 100 countries were taking part in the closed-door four-day meeting, as well as the Vatican’s anti-abuse prosecutor, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, and just one abuse victim, Ireland’s Marie Collins.
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