Bishops assure that Church is at a "point of no return" in the fight against abuse

Yesterday, there was a meeting of the Permanent Council of the Portuguese Episcopal Conference

The Permanent Council of the Portuguese Episcopal Conference (CEP) considered this Tuesday, March 14, that the Catholic Church in Portugal is “at a point of no return” regarding sexual abuse.

In a statement released at the end of the Permanent Council meeting, which took place in Fatima, the bishops who make up the CEP assured that the Church will continue "to work, paying attention to the many indicators that are present in the Final Report" of the Independent Commission for Studies on Sexual Abuse of Minors in the Catholic Church in Portugal, presented on 13 February.

«The path that the Church in Portugal is taking, following the steps of a process that Pope Francis indicated for the whole Church and whose essential objective is to protect victims and guarantee security and trust in the environments of the Catholic Church, opens doors hope and commitment so that behaviors and attitudes of the past are not repeated», adds the statement from the CEP Permanent Council.