VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Prevention is key in protecting minors from abuse, Pope Francis said.
The protection of minors is a serious concern and what is needed is “an apostolate of prevention,” he said in a video message to Catholic leaders taking part in a safeguarding course at the Pontifical University of Mexico.
The monthlong course, ending July 27, was sponsored by the Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Formation for the Protection of Minors, which collaborates with the Center for Child Protection of Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University.
Pope Francis greeted participants and praised the course in the video, posted in Spanish July 20 on the Vatican News site.
The course was “important for all minors so that no one, no one abuses them, that no one may keep them from going to Jesus.”
“Anybody — be they a religious, layperson, bishop or anyone — who keeps a child from coming to Jesus must be stopped in their attitudes, corrected if we are in time, or punished if there is a crime involved,” he said.
Just as people have already looked at ways to prevent children from the dangers of drug abuse, a similar perspective is needed that examines “how to prevent kids from being abused,” he said.
An educational approach geared at prevention and focusing on the child is important, he said, to help the child stay safe wherever he or she goes, because an abuser or a drug pusher could be anywhere.
Such perpetrators are all practicing “a form of corruption,” and children need to be safe from every kind of abuse, not just sexual abuse, he said.
Join the CatholicPhilly.com family
CatholicPhilly.com works to strengthen the connections between people, families and communities every day by delivering the news people need to know about the Catholic Church, especially in the Philadelphia region, and the world in which we live.
By your donation in any amount, you and hundreds of other people become part of our mission to inform, form in the Catholic faith and inspire the thousands of readers who visit every month.
Here is how you can help:
- A $100 gift allows us to present award-winning photos of Catholic life in our neighborhoods.
- A $50 gift enables us to cover a news event in a local parish, school or Catholic institution.
- A $20 gift lets us obtain solid faith formation resources that can deepen your spirituality and knowledge of the faith.
- A small, automated monthly donation means you can support us continually and easily.
Won't you consider making a gift today?
Please join in the church's vital mission of communications by offering a gift in whatever amount that you can ― a single gift of $40, $50, $100, or more, or a monthly donation. Your gift will strengthen the fabric of our entire Catholic community and sustain CatholicPhilly.com as your trusted news source. Thank you in advance!
Make your donation by credit card here:
Or make your donation by check:
222 N. 17th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
PREVIOUS: Africa needs courageous Catholics to tackle its challenges, speakers say
NEXT: Jesuit asks Canada to rescue Pakistani Christian forced into hiding
Share this story