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Editor’s note: Pictured above, Pope Francis meets with cardinals and bishops at the general audience in St. Peter’s Square on January 24, 2018. (Photo credit: Daniel Ibáñez / CNA)

By Fr. Regis Scanlon, O.F.M. Cap, Crisis Magazine, January 8, 2019

Pope Francis will meet on February 21, 2019 with the bishops’ conferences of the world on protecting minors from clergy sexual abuse. But what is the problem they will be addressing? Is the problem pedophilia, homosexuality, or rogue clericalism, or all of the above?

Father Hans Zollner, a member of the committee organizing this meeting told the Vatican News on December 27 that the meeting should produce “a clarification of procedures, which aren’t so clear,” regarding the responsibility and accountability of bishops and religious superiors throughout the entire world.

Prof. Ernesto Caffo, a member of the pope’s Commission for the Protection of Minors said “the conference would focus on training bishops to spot abuse, hold one another accountable and to intervene. They will also be taught to listen to victims.” So, the three days will be spent educating and training bishops in psychological, social, and criminal detection skills related to clerical sexual abuse…...Continue reading article, go to: