Victims of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests have held a candlelight protest near St. Peter’s Square in Rome.
They had come from a dozen countries around the world to try and demonstrate on the Vatican’s doorstep. They are insisting the Holy See takes action to ensure the molestation of children in its care never happens again.
Although prevented by police from getting into the square itself, two protest organisers were allowed through to speak to the Vatican representative, the Rev. Federico Lombardi.
They were however, less than satisfied with their meeting:
‘Survivors Voice Founder’, Bernie McDaid said:
“Quite frankly, it wasn’t good, I wish he would deliver a little bit more. It’s the same old talk, ‘I don’t know how to help you, it’s a bigger , bigger problem than we realised, we want to help’. “
Sue Cox, also of ‘Survivors Voice’ complained:
“There really is no heart connection, I think they are just perfunctory visits, no doubt they will congratulate themselves they met people, but they won’t do anything until they change completely.”
Earlier Lombardi had tried to talk to some of the “survivors” as they call themselves, but left when he was heckled.
Since the scandal erupted the Pope has apologised to victims on several occasions.