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Vatican calls first summit on 'Protection of Minors'

Pope Francis said the specific theme of the meeting is "The Protection of Minors in the Church."
Posted at 7:51 PM, Feb 22, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-22 19:51:04-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) — For the first time ever, the Vatican is addressing sexual abuse in the Catholic Church by bringing senior bishops around the world together for a summit.

Pope Francis said the specific theme of the meeting is "The Protection of Minors in the Church."

We spoke with the rector of a Tallahassee church on Friday.

He said the Catholic Church has been responding to ongoing issues of sexual abuse, especially since 2002, when scandals started to come to light.

"The hurtful thing about this is dealing with children and the abuse of children. That's what makes it so sensitive as it is," said Father John Cayer, Rector of Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More. "It deserves condemnation at the highest levels, but also, because it's such a global issues, demands a global response. That's what Pope Francis is hoping to make of this."

The summit will end on Sunday, Feb. 24.