September 17, 2012

The “most tragic wound” of clerical sexual abuse will not heal without a response from the entire Catholic Church – hierarchy and laity together – said the chief Vatican investigator of abuse cases.

“I think that slowly, slowly, slowly we are getting toward a response that is truly ecclesial – it’s not hierarchical, it’s the Church.

We are in this together, in suffering (from) the wound and trying to respond to it,” Msgr. Charles Scicluna told Vatican Radio.

Scicluna spoke during a Sept. 4-5 conference in England on overcoming abuse in Church and society.

He told Vatican Radio the conference was important to the ongoing conversation about how to empower all members of the Church to prevent abuse and promote accountability.