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Catholic Bishops Meet Over Clergy Sexual Scandals

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An extraordinary summit is underway in Rome to find lasting solutions to alleged Catholic Church’s clergy sexual abuses. Pope Francis has told the nearly 200 Catholic leaders gathered in Vatican City, he had summoned them, “In the face of this scourge of sexual abuse perpetrated by men of the church to the detriment of minors”.

Acknowledging the importance of the situation, the Pope told the gathering, “the holy people of God are looking at us and expect from us not simple condemnation, “but concrete and effective measure to put in place.

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The Pope then said that he had made a list of 21 “reflection points” that were handed out to the assembly of church leaders. Among the points was a proposal to raise the minimum age for marriage to 16 years old. Current canon law in the Catholic Church has the minimum age as 14 for females and 16 for males.
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Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, an organizer of the summit in Rome, said that conferences of bishops in individual countries have the power to raise the age, but that the Pope wants to make the change part of universal canon law.
21 Reflection points handed to the assembly of Church leaders at Rome
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