New norms for the whole Church against those who abuse or cover up

Pope Francis’ Motu proprio, "Vos estis lux mundi", establishes new procedures for reporting abuse and violence, and ensures that Bishops and Religious Superiors are held accountable for their actions. It includes the obligation for clerics and religious to report abuse. Every Diocese must have a system that allows the public to submit reports easily.

By Andrea Tornielli
"Vos estis lux mundi”. “You are the light of the world… Our Lord Jesus Christ calls every believer to be a shining example of virtue, integrity and holiness”. The Gospel of Matthew provides the title and first words of Pope Francis’ new Motu proprio dedicated to the fight against sexual abuse committed by clerics and religious, as well as the actions or omissions of Bishops and Religious Superiors that in any way interfere with or fail to investigate abuse. The Pope recalls that “the crimes of sexual abuse offend Our Lord, cause physical, psychological and spiritual damage to the victims and harm the community of the faithful", and mentions the special responsibility of the Successors of the Apostles to prevent these crimes. The document represents another result of the Meeting on the Protection of Minors held in the Vatican in February 2019. It establishes new procedural rules to combat sexual abuse and to ensure that Bishops and Religious Superiors are held accountable for their actions. It establishes universal norms, which apply to the whole Catholic Church.

Franciscan deacon feels call to serve poor, work for justice

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Franciscan Friar Aiden Peter at his diaconal ordination Mass. Photo: VITA Images

Bernadette Lee

“You are here not to be served, but to serve.”

This was the message Archbishop William Goh gave to Franciscan Friar Aiden Peter at his diaconal ordination Mass.

The Feb 3 ceremony at the Church of St Mary of the Angels marked the final stage of Deacon Aiden’s preparations for priestly ordination.

Archbishop Goh reminded the friar that as a “minister of the Gospel, he has to show himself “chaste and beyond reproach in his actions” and to bring the message of hope to those who need to hear the voice of God.

Dance, colour at Child Jesus devotion

Dancers taking part in the Sinulog celebration.Margaret Alforque-UyIt was a sea of colour and festivity as some 2,800 mainly Filipino devotees congregated at the Church of Our Lady of Perpetual Succour to honour the Child Jesus.The Festivity of the Señor Santo Niño, held on Jan 27, included a special Mass followed by a special ritual [...]

Treasuring the value of each religion

Archbishop William Goh with representatives of different faiths at the Archdiocesan Interreligious Christmas celebration. Photo: VITA Images   Jared Ng It is important for all religions to work together to ensure there is continued significance in the various religious festivals and celebrations. This is in light of secularisation which is sweeping across societies, and posing [...]

Christian-Taoist dialogue for global ethics

Participants of the Second Christian-Taoist Colloquium held at the Cathedral of the Good Shepherd. Photos: ArchProductionsChristopher KhooWhy is Christian and Taoist dialogue important today? What do we hope to achieve through this dialogue?These questions were posed by Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID), during the Second Christian-Taoist [...]

Church wants more lay people to take up roles done by clergy

Jared NgA slow but gradual shift is taking place in the Church to get more laypeople to step into more responsible roles for the Church. When this happens then it would allow the clergy to focus more on their core responsibilities.What this means is that there must be a mindset change by both laypeople and [...]

Deepavali message 2018

Photo: PIXABAYDear Hindu Friends,Happy and blessed Deepavali! We share your joy at this time of festival – may the light of the Diyas illuminate your hearts and homes, and those of your families, friends and communities in the year ahead!On 15 May 2018, an interfaith conference was held in Rome which brought Christian, Hindu, Buddhist, [...]

Fostering dialogue between Buddhist and Catholic nuns

The First International Buddhist-Christian Dialogue for Nuns from various parts of the world.Just why did 70 nuns from 15 countries, many travelling across the globe to congregate in Taiwan, meet in a Buddhist monastery?It was a landmark conference indeed for all the nuns who were participating in the First International Buddhist-Christian Dialogue for Nuns, held [...]

New instances of impersonation of emails

The Archdiocese of Singapore has received reports that new email spoofing incidents are being sighted by the faithful. These new spoof emails, which are attempts of online money scams, are mimicking emails addresses that may look like those used by the priests and religious in our Archdiocese.This is a repeat of similar incidents which took [...]