The Vatican’s leading sex abuse expert says Pope Francis’ summit in February with global church leaders on preventing abuse should also address holding bishops accountable when they fail to protect their flocks from pedophile priests.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna told a news conference Monday that “there is a great expectation for more accountability” from Catholic faithful worldwide, and that the summit is the appropriate venue to discuss it.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna attends a press conference to brief the media on the Synod of bishops, at the Vatican, Oct. 8, 2018. Scicluna told a press conference Monday that Pope Francis’ February summit with global church leaders should cover not just abuse prevention efforts but holding bishops accountable when they fail to protect their flocks from pedophile priests. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Scicluna, who for a decade was the Vatican’s sex crimes prosecutor, also said the Vatican should consider whether sexual abuse of adults by people in positions of power could be prosecuted in the same stringent way that it prosecutes sexual abuse of minors.

Archbishop Charles Scicluna arrives for a press conference to brief the media on the Synod of bishops, at the Vatican, Oct. 8, 2018. Scicluna told a press conference Monday that Pope Francis’ February summit with global church leaders should cover not just abuse prevention efforts but holding bishops accountable when they fail to protect their flocks from pedophile priests. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

He spoke to reporters Monday during the Vatican’s meeting on youth, which has been dominated by the abuse scandal.

Source: The Associated Press

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