Friday, February 8, 2013

Father Robert Oliver: 'Pope called on everyone, the people of God, to recognize that we had Failed in helping victims of Sexual Abuse'

VATICAN CITY - Father Robert Oliver, is an American priest from Boston. As a chief prosecutor at the Vatican, part of his job is to investigate priests accused of sexual abuse. During a press conference at Rome's Gregorian University, he talked about what the Church is doing to prevent these cases. He says part of the process is overcoming denial and accepting shortcomings of the past.

FR. ROBERT OLIVER
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Chief Prosecutor
“Speaking to the entire Church, the Pope called on everyone, the people of God, to recognize that we had failed in helping victims of sexual abuse. The cries of our brothers and sisters were often answered with denial and lack of support.”

Fr. Oliver started his new post with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on February 1st. When it comes to specific numbers, he says about 600 cases of sexual abuse, most of them from 1965 to 1985 have been issued on average in the last few years. The highest number of reports was back in 2004, when 800 cases were reported.


- Rome Reports