The Catholic Bishops of England & Wales have made this statement in response to recommendations in both the IICSA Report and an Independent Review of Safeguarding Structures and Arrangements in the Catholic Church in England & Wales.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, has returned from Rome where, as President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, he was attending the important four-day Vatican meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church. Called by Pope Francis, the meeting brought together heads of all the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences from around
The meeting in Rome for the protection of minors in the Church started on Thursday, running until Sunday. The president of every Bishops’ Conference in the world is attending, along with Superiors of Religious Orders. The stated aim of the conference is two-fold: for all bishops to become aware of the tragedy of abuse and
In his letter to parishes, Bishop Alan Williams emphasises his commitment to ensure that children and vulnerable adults are safe in the Church of Christ and encourages survivors of abuse to come forward.
At their Ad Limina meeting in Rome, the Catholic Bishops of England & Wales have expressed their sorrow for the recent abuse revelations and announced a review of safeguarding structures. Each bishop will also set aside time to meet survivors of clerical abuse in his diocese.