Portugal holds vigil for Catholic Church victims
On February 27, 2022, Portugal held a vigil for the victims of sexual abuse by members of the Catholic Church. The event was organized by the Association of Victims of the Church in Portugal (AVP) and took place in Lisbon's Rossio Square.
The vigil was held to honor the survivors of sexual abuse by members of the Catholic Church and to demand justice and accountability for the crimes committed against them. The event was attended by hundreds of people, including survivors of abuse, their families, and supporters.
During the vigil, survivors shared their stories of abuse and called on the Catholic Church to take responsibility for the harm done to them. Many survivors criticized the Church's handling of abuse cases and called for greater transparency and accountability from Church officials.
The AVP has been calling for justice for survivors of abuse for many years. In 2020, the organization released a report detailing the scale of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Portugal. The report found that there were at least 100 cases of abuse by members of the Church in Portugal between 1960 and 2019, and that the Church had failed to adequately address the issue.
In response to the report, the Catholic Church in Portugal established a commission to investigate cases of sexual abuse by members of the clergy. The commission has since received more than 300 complaints of abuse.
The vigil in Lisbon is part of a broader movement calling for accountability for sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. The Church has faced widespread criticism and legal action in recent years over its handling of abuse cases.
In 2019, Pope Francis introduced new laws to hold bishops accountable for failing to protect children from sexual abuse. The laws make it mandatory for Church officials to report cases of abuse to the authorities and establish new procedures for investigating allegations of abuse.
Despite these efforts, many survivors and advocates say that the Church has not done enough to address the issue of sexual abuse. They argue that the Church must take stronger action to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse and to hold abusers and their enablers accountable.
The vigil in Lisbon is a reminder that the issue of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church is not limited to one country or one region. Survivors and advocates around the world are calling for justice and accountability for the harm done to them, and are demanding that the Church take stronger action to prevent abuse and protect vulnerable individuals.
The vigil in Portugal is also a sign of hope for survivors and their families. By coming together to share their stories and demand justice, survivors are demonstrating their resilience and determination to create a safer and more just world for all.
On February 27, 2022, Portugal held a vigil for the victims of sexual abuse by members of the Catholic Church. The event was organized by the Association of Victims of the Church in Portugal (AVP) and took place in Lisbon's Rossio Square