Vatican City, Oct 1, 2018 / 10:23 am
The secretary general of an upcoming synod of bishops said Monday he thinks the abuse scandal in the Catholic Church will not be a hindrance to the success of the meeting. He also criticized the recent decision of an American archbishop to publish a theologian's critique of the synod's working document.
"I do not think [the abuse crisis] is an impediment," said Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, but that it is perhaps a "providential opportunity… to show to young people and everyone else what the Church is."
He told journalists Oct. 1, that "the Church is not represented by some who make mistakes. The Church is not known only because of some who have fallen or caused scandal."
Speaking just two days before the start of the assembly on young people, faith, and vocational discernment, Baldisseri said young people are intelligent and often speak openly and honestly and that he believes they understand "human frailty."