Leading cardinals told the conference yesterday that the Church must fix the failures that enabled sexual abuse to take root around the world.
Pope Francis said on Wednesday that people who spent their lives denouncing the Catholic Church were friends of the devil, as survivors of sexual abuse by clergymen accused him of snubbing an invitation to meet them.
While not part of the formal talks at the Vactican, Leona Huggins, who belongs to Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests or SNAP, and other survivors are there to draw attention to issue of sexual abuse, staging daily events to coincide with the bishops' summit.
Openibo was one of only a handful of women invited to the meeting, and she used her time at the podium to shame the church leadership for their silence in the face of such crimes.
"While the United States church has been working for the past two decades to develop safe environment policies, in many countries in the world that has not yet happened", he said. "We must acknowledge that our mediocrity, hypocrisy and complacency have brought us to this disgraceful and scandalous place we find ourselves as a church".
A prominent Mexican journalist has told Catholic leaders at the Vatican's sex abuse prevention summit that their failure to report abuse and inform the public about predator priests makes them complicit in the crimes.
"It's really important for us to get the message to survivors who have not yet come out, that they are supported", she says.
She suggested the church needs to "revise the current legislation on pontifical secrecy in a way that it protects the values it intends to protect" and avoid "the idea that the secret is to hide problems rather than to protect the assets at stake".
"Faced with the scourge of sexual abuse committed by men of the Church against minors, I wanted to reach out to you", he said, telling attendees to "listen to the cry of the little ones who are seeking justice", per Reuters.
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Before it started, some victims' groups said the conference was an attempt to cleanse the image of the 1.3 billion-member church.
Saturday was dedicated to issues of transparency and breaking the code of silence that kept abuse hidden for so long.
Survivors who have gathered in Rome to protest marched toward the Vatican shouting "Zero tolerance!"
Among the marchers was Alberto Athie of Mexico, one of the original accusers of the pedophile founder of the Legion of Christ, the Rev. Marcial Maciel.
The summit comes more than three decades after sex abuse revelations came to light in Ireland and Australia.
She spoke of her shock when she watched the 2015 Oscar-winning film Spotlight, which uncovered how Church leaders in Boston moved predator priests from parish to parish instead of defrocking them or turning them over to civil authorities. These include the pontiff publicly botching a wellknown sex abuse cover-up case in Chile by initially giving it no credence. In practice, that meant debating whether proposals created to rein in bishops accused of abuse amount to, in the words of one churchman, "Caesar judging Caesar".
Pope Francis said he called the Vatican summit so church leaders would realize he means business.
Participants seemed to share her appreciation for the summit. He offered them 21 proposals to consider going forward, some of them obvious and easy to adopt, others requiring new laws.
The summit continues through the weekend and will close with another speech by the pope. As archbishop in Buenos Aires, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, he played a decisive and divisive role in Argentina's most famous abuse case, commissioning a four-volume, 2,000-plus page forensic study of the legal case against a convicted priest that concluded he was innocent, that his victims were lying and that the case never should have gone to trial. "We need to be concrete".