Pope Francis will meet with five priests who suffered abuse by Chilean Fr Fernando Karadima or his followers, the Vatican said.
The pope will meet from 1st to 3rd June with “five priests who were victims of abuses of power, of conscience and sexual abuse,” the Vatican said in a statement on 22nd May.
Two priests who have accompanied the survivors “in their juridical and spiritual journey” and “two laypeople involved in this suffering” also were invited by Pope Francis, the statement said. They will all be guests at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the Vatican residence where Pope Francis lives.
The pope will celebrate a private Mass with the group on 2nd June and will meet with members of the group together and individually, the statement said. In late April, Pope Francis had hosted three laymen who were sexually abused by Fr Karadima.
“With this new meeting, planned a month ago, Pope Francis wants to show his closeness to abused priests, accompany them in their pain and listen to their valuable opinion to improve the current preventative measures and the fight against abuses in the Church,” the statement said.
Picture: Chilean clerical sex abuse survivors Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo embrace after speaking to the media at the Foreign Press Association building in Rome on 2nd May. (CNS photo/Paul Haring).