Catholic media praised for sex abuse coverage Vatican official talks of trauma

La Croix International

June 21, 2019

A Vatican official heading a department charged with reviewing clergy sexual abuse allegations has told Catholic journalists in the United Sates that they share the same goal of protecting minors.

Father John Kennedy, who since 2017 has headed the discipline section for the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, also described the personal toll on the 17 people in his office.

While bound by rules of confidentiality, the Vatican investigators, like journalists, had a desire to speak about the truth for the common good, the priest told the gathering of Catholic journalists in St. Petersburg, Florida.

The purpose of journalism was to provide information citizens need to make the best possible decisions about their lives and society.Meanwhile, the church’s legal processes and mission was to “deliver justice” for victims of abuse.Father Kennedy told the Catholic journalists that his Vatican team faced an ever-growing tide of cases.

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