It’s better than nothing though the Vatican needs to start responding with much more action instead of words.
The meeting, announced only after it had finished, was Benedict’s first such gesture since a new wave of sexual abuse scandals swept over Roman Catholicism in recent months. He had previously met victims in the United States and Australia.
“He prayed with them and assured them that the Church is doing, and will continue to do, all in its power to investigate allegations, to bring to justice those responsible for abuse and to implement effective measures designed to safeguard young people in the future,” a Vatican statement on the meeting said.
It was one of the clearest statements yet from the Vatican that it wants local bishops to cooperate with civil authorities in prosecuting priests who abused children.