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Upcoming vatican summit to discuss sex abuse crisis

Bishop Steven Raica spoke to 7&4 ahead of a February Summit on Sex Abuse that will be held at the Vatican.

OTSEGO COUNTY, Mich. (WPBN/WGTU) -- The sex abuse crisis within the Catholic church has attracted a lot of attention in recent months.

Recently bishops from around the united states gathered in Chicago for a retreat.

Bishop Steven Raica from the Diocese of Gaylord says Pope Francis wanted bishops in the U.S. to put the sex abuse crisis in a spiritual context, that was one of the reasons they met in Chicago.

There’s also going to be a summit at the Vatican in February with church leaders from around the world.

Bishop Raica says the purpose of the upcoming Vatican summit is to get churches from all countries on the same page when dealing with the sex abuse crisis.

He says church leaders will look at what protocols should be put in place to handle things.

"That we understand the problem and that we’ve got a pathway forward to address it, particularly to listen to victims and what they have to say to us about what would be important as well as what the science says is the best way to address this matter," said Raica.

Bishop Raica says he thinks it’s going to take time and that it’s going to take several different steps to address the sex abuse crisis in the church.

He also says that in the Diocese of Gaylord they are always discussing ways to address the issue.

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