Cardinal Hummes has asked the bishops of the world to form groups to pray for the victims of sexual abuse; According to Reuters
Vaticanofficial has proposed creating prayer groups to pray for victims of sexual abuse by priests, in an effort to help heal wounds from recent abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church.
Cardinal Claudio Hummes, head of the Congregation for the Clergy which oversees the world’s 400,000 Catholic priests, told the
‘s official newspaper that he had already written to bishops urging them to promote such groups in which priests and the faithful gather to pray together. Vatican
Prayer, of course, does not replace the elemental justice that victims are owed, or the necessity of abusers and bishops to do penance for the harm they have done the victims.
The Vatican still is circulating a false statistic, Philip Jenkins in his somewhat outdated book Priests and pedophiles cited a statistic that only 1% of the priests in one study were accused of abusing pre-pubertal children, that is pedophilia strictly speaking. Cardinal Hummes has this figure stuck in his mind.
Obviously it must be remembered that only a minimal part of the clergy is involved in serious situations,” Hummes said.
“Not even 1 percent has anything to do with problems of moral and sexual conduct. The biggest majority has nothing to do with things of this nature.”
Most of the victims were adolescent boys. The John Jay study that the bishops of the