Philippines: A Call to End Impunity of Priests Guilty of Sex Abuse

The vast majority of Philippine clergy are faithful and hard-working and are deeply ashamed of the terrible crimes against children that are being allowed to happen. They feel their priesthood is under a cloud by church inaction or silence against abusive clergy.

No priest has been known to have reported a fellow priest for child abuse that led to action to save the victim and bring the abuser to justice. They were afraid or ashamed to report a fellow priest and failed in their priestly and Christian duty to do justice and help the child victim.

That silence is a form of consent. Now dioceses have strict rules and regulations to report child abuse and prosecute the offender in civil courts. However, they allegedly ignore the Vatican law.

Source: UCANews

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