The sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic Church has generated much public discussion in recent years. There is an aspect of it though that has not gotten as much attention. This is abuse committed by nuns.
As we noted in our previous post, new rules were recently issued by the Vatican regarding sexual abuse. These guidelines represent the first significant step the Catholic Church has taken regarding formalizing the entire process of handling complaints of the abuse of minors, seminarians and vulnerable adults. Today, we'll continue our dicussion on what is included in these new rules.
Last weekend, the Catholic Church wrapped up a summit at the Vatican focused on the clergy abuse crisis. This was the first meeting of its kind. It lasted for four days. One hundred and ninety religious superiors and bishops were invited to it by Pope Francis.
Sexual abuse by members of the clergy causes deep harm. No one should have to face this major betrayal of trust. Unfortunately, 2018 showed that clergy abuse remains a major problem here in the United States.
In recent times, some states have opened up sexual abuse investigations in relation to the Catholic Church. Last week, it was announced that Michigan has launched such an investigation. The announcement was made by the Michigan Attorney General's Office.