AMID the special summit called by the Vatican, an official of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) assured the faithful Thursday, February 21, that they are not disregarding reports of abuses involving members of the clergy.
In a radio interview, CBCP-Episcopal Commission on Clergy (ECC) Chairman Bishop Buenaventura Famadico said it would be inaccurate to paint a picture of the Church as simply sitting on complaints of clergy abuse.
“If there are reforms and corrective actions needed, surely the Church is working on it,” Famadico said over Church-run Radio Veritas.
But the prelate said working on such reforms does not mean that its specifics must be made public.
“We don’t need to publicize them because that is unnecessary. What is more important is that the reforms are being done,” said Famadico.
Earlier in the week, CBCP Vice President Bishop Pablo Virgilio David urged the faithful to report to their bishops cases of clergy abuse.
“If they are in this kind of a situation, please don’t hesitate to talk directly to your bishops. Don’t be quiet about it,” said David in an earlier interview.
At present, Pope Francis is hosting a summit on clergy abuse being attended by presidents of all Episcopal conferences.
CBCP President Archbishop Romulo Valles is already in Rome to attend the summit. (HDT/SunStar Philippines)