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Canada Goose online The first ever Vatican summit on clergy abuse of minors is meant as a “catechesis,” Pope Francis has said a teaching session intended in part to raise awareness of the issue, decades after it first came to public light. Canada Goose online

Bishop Lionel Gendron, of Saint Jean Longueuil, Que., who is president of the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, is among more than 100 Episcopal conference heads attending the gathering that runs from Thursday to Sunday.

canada goose store In an interview ahead of his trip, Gendron said he was looking forward to sharing what Canadians have gleaned about clergy sexual abuse over the past three decades with counterparts who are just beginning to acknowledge the problem. canada goose store

“People want to be listened to, and they want to be believed,” he said. “This was one of the things maybe in the past which was not perfect. We would not always believe the people.”

uk canada goose He noted that his organization developed a new guide for dealing with clergy abuse that was released last year, updating previous versions of the document created in the 1980s and 1990s in the wake of a sexual abuse scandal at Mount Cashel orphanage canada goose outlet mississauga in St. The document emphasizes the importance of listening to victims and their families, and supporting them through the healing process. uk canada goose

Gendron said Canada’s history of cheap canada goose mens tackling sexual abuse puts him in a slightly different position than his counterparts in some other countries, who may just be starting to acknowledge that the problem exists outside of North America.

“The one who’s now the archbishop in France he himself not long ago said that at the canada goose outlet authentic beginning, he was one of many people thinking that the problem of sexual abuse was from English speaking countries. But now they discover it’s also in cheap canada goose France, and it’s all over the world,” Gendron said.

canada goose uk shop He added that while he has met with survivors of clergy sexual abuse many times throughout his career, he had not spoken at length with any since receiving word of the Vatican summit last September. But he noted that he has met with family members of survivors in that time who asked that he stress the effects such abuse has on victims’ loved ones. canada goose uk shop

“It’s not only the person, the victim, but there is also the family of the victim and the community,” he said. “The victims are larger than the person.”

canada goose factory sale But survivors and advocates say those sorts of general philosophies believing and supporting victims are just the first step in cheap canada goose vest tackling the issue. canada goose factory sale

Canada Goose sale Gemma Hickey, a Canadian clergy abuse survivor who is headed to the Vatican to protest during the summit, would like to see something https://www.kabbalah-arizal.nl more concrete than general platitudes be it new policies or an external investigation. Canada Goose sale

“The church has been handling this problem behind closed doors for far too long, and clearly they’re not capable of handling it appropriately,” said Hickey, who uses gender neutral pronouns. “There needs to be other elements into a further investigation.”

Hickey, who founded the Pathways Canada Goose Outlet Foundation for survivors of abuse in religious institutions, said they’re particularly concerned that the summit doesn’t not allow for public participation and has no sessions dedicated to hearing stories from survivors.

canada goose coats on sale The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, a North American advocacy group with chapters in Canada, has demanded five things of Pope Francis at the summit, including that he compel bishops and cardinals to turn files related to alleged sexual abuse over to law enforcement so an independent investigation can be carried out. canada goose coats on sale

David Deane, an associate professor at the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax, said the disconnect between the Catholic hierarchy’s priorities and those cheap canada goose womens jackets of abuse survivors is stark.

canada goose “Who would want to say, ‘Please investigate me. Please assess and analyze every decision I’ve made?'” he said. “That’s what’s needed and that’s what they don’t want to happen.” canada goose

As for Canada’s role, he said existing policies in the canada goose shop europe country’s Catholic churches are good, but there is still an overall lack of transparency about what happened in the past and who was involved.

“Even though the Canadian bishops are quite progressive on this, cheap canada goose womens the fact that it’s still an all bishops response illustrates its problems,” Deane said. “No matter who canada goose black friday deal you are, if you’re a bishop, it is very, very difficult for you to canada goose outlet boston say, ‘Let’s be transparent. Let’s have every single decision I’ve made, every response that I made to accusations, be they credible or far fetched, let’s have all those exposed to investigation.'”

cheap canada goose uk Considering how the summit has been organized, with Pope Francis’s favourite clerics scheduled to speak, Deane said he doubts the meeting will produce the kinds of results survivors and advocates are calling for. cheap canada goose uk

“What will come out of this summit in the Vatican right now will be well meaning soundbites, which are designed not to bring about real change but to placate the masses,” Deane said.