Canadian abuse protection model considered a ‘significant example’ for others
The priest hand-picked by Pope Francis to chair next month’s summit on clerical sexual abuse at the Vatican has thrust the Canadian model for protecting minors into the spotlight as Church leaders from around the world prepare for the unprecedented meeting.
Rev. Federico Lombardi has described new guidelines adopted by Canada’s bishops as a “significant example” of a document that examines the circumstances and dynamics of abuse while also proposing safeguards to prevent it in the future. He praised the Canadian bishops for providing “a wider orientation for bishops and indeed the entire ecclesial community.”
“One of the great merits of the Canadian document