Letter to the Order of Saint Augustine Regarding the Prevention of Abuse and the Protection of Minors

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

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The theme of the abuse of minors is an enormous tragedy and a tremendous scandal. It is even more tragic when it occurs within the Church. These actions confront us and hurt us deeply, while asking for courageous answers. Abuse calls for the demand of justice. … The Order of Saint Augustine wants to express it support for the steps made especially by Popes Benedict XVI and Francis. We wish always to live in communion with the Church in such a way that all of us work together to banish this abominable sin. … I would like us, as members of the Order of Saint Augustine, to commit ourselves to work decisively to defend the lives of the vulnerable in the face of unscrupulous abusers who take away their dignity.