(2 Jan 2019) FOR CLEAN VERSION SEE STORY NUMBER: apus109730
As U.S.-based Roman Catholic bishops are meeting outside Chicago on the church sexual abuse scandal, many are dismayed that it has taken so long for the church leadership to meet and act after so many years.
Organizers of the bishop gathering say its focus is on prayer and spiritual reflection and not on formulating policy.
Two advocacy groups, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) and Ending Clergy Abuse, held a public demonstration Wednesday in Chicago.
SNAP says it wants Cardinal Cupich removed from his prominent role in planning the papal summit. Peter Isely, a clergy abuse victim and founding member of both groups says: “We want to be able to love the Catholic Church and love justice at the same time.”
The retreat begins a day after The Associated Press reported that the Vatican blocked U.S. bishops from taking measures last year to address the scandal because U.S. church leaders didn’t discuss the legally problematic proposals with the Holy See enough beforehand, a move that stunned abuse survivors and some other Catholics demanding actions.