LatAm webinar says in anti-abuse fight, buck stops on the bishop’s desk

ROME – Some 165 bishops from across Latin America are taking part this week in an on-line seminar on abuse prevention that includes top-level experts from both the region and Rome, based on the premise that although fighting abuse requires various forms of commitment and expertise, as far as the Catholic Church goes, the buck still stops on the bishop’s desk. “Following the crisis that became public in the Church with regard to abuse, in recent years much emphasis has been placed on the role and responsibility of bishops, not only for the correct treatment of cases that come to their attention, but also with regard to the prevention of these situations,” said Argentine laywoman Maria Ines Franck, a bioethics and canon law expert who helped organize the seminar. “Although this is an issue that requires the collaboration and work of specialists from various disciplines, the bishop is ultimately responsible for what happens in his diocese and, as such, must have knowledge, even if only general, of the various aspects that prevention and action require,” she said.

LatAm webinar says in anti-abuse fight, buck stops on the bishop’s desk

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