Pope offers 21 points of reflection for Vatican abuse summit (Vatican Press Office) “As a help, I would share with you some important criteria formulated by the various Episcopal Commissions and Conferences—they came from you and I have organized them somewhat,” Pope Francis said in his introductory remarks (CWN coverage). “They are a simple point of departure that came from you and now return to you. They are not meant to detract from the creativity needed in this meeting.”
Holy See permitted priest to remain at highest Vatican court for 15 years after credible abuse allegation (CNS) In 1995, Msgr. Joseph Punderson (earlier coverage) was named defender of the bond at the Apostolic Signatura. Rayanne Bennett, executive director of the Diocese of Trenton’s Office of Communications and Media, said that Msgr. Punderson “was credibly accused in 2003 of the sexual abuse of a minor 26 years earlier.” He submitted his resignation in 2004; “the Holy See, however, permitted him to continue in office,” said Bennett, with “specific restrictions regarding public acts of ministry.” After initially declining to comment on the case, Vatican spokesman Alessando Gisotti said that Msgr. Punderson retired from his position in late 2018.
Archbishop Vigano reflects on Vatican summit, conversion of St. Peter (National Catholic Register) In a message released on the first day of the Vatican’s “summit meeting” on sexual abuse, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano remarked that it was “a sign of Providence” that the meeting began on the feast of St. Peter Damian, the 11th-century reformer who battled against widespread homosexual activity in the clergy. Commenting on the day’s Gospel, the archbishop observed that St. Peter had to learn to follow Jesus unreservedly, without imposing his own agenda. Archbishop Vigano said that “these conversions of St. Peter... are a great consolation and a great lesson for us.”
Know the pain of abuse victims and heal their wounds, Cardinal Tagle tells abuse summit (PBC2019.org) “We humbly and sorrowfully admit that wounds have been inflicted by us bishops on the victims and in fact the entire body of Christ,” Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila said during the first major address of the Vatican summit on protecting minors in the Church. “Our lack of response to the suffering of victims, even to the point of rejecting them and covering up the scandal to protect perpetrators and the institution has injured our people, leaving a deep wound in our relationship with those we are sent to serve.”
Indian archdiocese defends Cardinal Gracias against charge of ignoring abuse (AsiaNews) The Archdiocese of Mumbai, India, has responded to charges, aired in a BBC broadcast, that Cardinal Oswald Gracias declined to hear a sex-abuse complaint. The archdiocese reports that the cardinal was contacted just before leaving for Rome, and entrusted the case to an auxiliary. Cardinal Gracias is a member of the Council of Cardinals, and is participating in this week’s Vatican “summit” on sexual abuse.
Philippine bishop deplores murder at Marian shrine (UCANews) “We strongly condemn this killing as an act that is indicative of a complete disregard for the Christian and societal ideal we stand for — that any form of violence has no place in and outside our churches,” Bishop Patricio Buzon said after a businessman was murdered at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Shrine in Bacolod City.
Venezuelan cardinal appeals for spiritual renewal of the clergy (National Catholic Register) “It is necessary to insist on the right teaching about Christian sexuality, the beauty of celibacy and perfect chastity and its motivations; fidelity to Our Lord, prudence and wisdom to avoid and overcome temptations,” writes Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, the retired Archbishop of Caracas. “It is necessary also to face the problem of homosexuality in some clergy and religious, as many studies show that about 80% of the abuse has affected male minors.”