Thursday, March 8, 2012

Remembering Vatican II while also cleaning up abuse at international conference

Eucharistic congress won't ignore abuse scandal, Vatican official says
Students from Holy Child Secondary School in Dublin sing at a March archdiocesan press conference in Dublin outlining plans for the 2012 International Eucharistic Congress. Photo John McElroy/CNS
Ireland plays host to the International Eucharistic Congress June 10-17. Cindy Wooden of Catholic News Service reports that along with remembering Vatican II, there are plans to address and correct the sex abuse scandal that has stung Irish Catholic dioceses:

The International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin will be characterized by humility, moderation and a renewed focus on the Eucharist as the source and nourishment of unity in the church, said the president of the Vatican committee charged with overseeing the gathering.

Archbishop Piero Marini, president of the Pontifical Committee for International Eucharistic Congresses, said the congress June 10-17 will reflect that this year is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, but also that Catholics in the host country, Ireland, are still reeling from the clerical sex abuse scandal and are engaged in a process of repentance and reform.

Read the full story at The B.C. Catholic website. 

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