Bishops say Church has failed children, women, and indigenous peoples

By Gavin Drake
Posted Nov 28, 2016

[Anglican Communion News Service] A group of Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops have acknowledged both churches’ failure to protect children, women and indigenous peoples. In a statement issued by the International Anglican Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM) on Nov. 25 following the group’s historic meeting in Canterbury and Rome last month, the leaders call on the Church to repent and seek justice for victims. They say that, “at the foot of the Cross we, as bishops, have reflected on an ‘ecumenism of humiliation.’ We lament our failures and share the brokenness of our church communities.”

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  1. Susan Liang says:

    The church feeling self-pity and perhaps foreboding at the American elections?

    A little too late. At minimum 36,500 days and nights of victim suffering ignored, too late.

    Wrend your hearts not your clothes, remember?
    An “offering of beef” won’t do a thing.

    Sitting in an easy chair and apologizing? Not good enough.

  2. Peggy Kay says:

    This is breathtakingly appalling. Repentance is not on the Catholic Church astoundingly widespread sexual abuse brightly lit radar screen, with clergy being protected, transferred, and paid off – often in additional monthly payments in support of them until they die, and dioceses of incredible wealth declaring bankruptcy to avoid any kind of reparation payments. Not only is there no sharing of the brokenness of church communities, there is self-protection of Church hierarchy against victims. And nowhere is anyone speaking of how the guilty clerics have not admitted their transgressions against people of faith and taken their personal pleasure via parishioners’ sacred trust in them, and nothing whatsoever about clergy breaking their covenant to God to serve God and God’s Church. And still, after decades and countless numbers of cases of abuse this continues, while such public statements – bearing no relation to actions – are made. The truth of what has followed and is following widespread abuse has simply shown different methods and kinds of abuse. Breathtaking.

  3. Louis L. Smith says:

    What about Gender Victimization?

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