Hispanic summit on abuse crisis: Faith is bigger than clergy who fail to live it


September 24, 2018

By Christopher White and Inés San Martín

While fallout from this summer’s clerical sexual revelations threatened to overshadow last week’s long-anticipated national summit on Hispanic Catholics, sentiment among the more than 3,000 attendees at the V Encuentro might be summarized as this: Our faith is bigger than the clergy who fail to live it out.

After four full days of keynote addresses, masses, breakout sessions, and coffee breaks, the sexual abuse crisis was repeatedly acknowledged by both the laity and Church leaders alike – but with the realization that the way forward will not be a singular silver bullet solution nor an “us versus them” mentality, but rather, as one bishop described to Crux, as a family acknowledging its faults but committed to repairing them together.

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