A listening service to which victims of abuse, current and past, but also people who are aware of possible abuses in the ecclesial context, can be addressed was created by the archdiocese of Milan. Archbishop Mario Delpini signed the decree establishing it today, on the first national day of prayer for victims and survivors of abuse promoted by the CEI. To prevent and combat abuses to the detriment of minors and vulnerable people, the diocese of Milan introduces a new instrument, promulgating a decree with which it constitutes the listening service of the diocesan referent for the protection of minors. This service – reads the decree, online from today on the diocese portal – has the task of offering “initial reception and listening to those who declare themselves victims of abuse in the ecclesial sphere, whether in the past or present, as well as people who are aware of a situation of alleged abuse in the ecclesial sphere “.
The listening service joins the Commission and the Diocesan Referent for the protection of minors created in February 2019 by the Curia, with the appointment as referent of the former president of the Court of Milan Livia Pomodoro, who today attended the mass celebrated by Monsignor Delpini . “The abuse of children, minors, the frail is a drama that leaves deep wounds, perhaps incurable; the victims of abuse are wounded in their deepest intimacy, in self-esteem, in trust in life, in the spontaneous expectation of receiving good from the adults who are close “he underlined in the homily in which he wished that those who have done evil” become aware of the evil done, so that they repent and do penance, so that they feel the duty to make reparation, to compensate “.
“Let us invoke the Spirit to enlighten our Church. May he teach us – he added – the ways to take care of the victims of abuse so that no one feels abandoned. He inspires us to make the training and prevention tools that take shape in our Diocese ever more adequate. more precise and articulated, as we announce today with the press release published by our Social Communications Office “.