A summit organised by the Catholic Church to tackle the recurring problem of clerical abuse must deliver on its goal, the Vatican said on Wednesday.
“The goal is that all of the bishops clearly understand what they need to do to prevent and combat the worldwide problem of the sexual abuse of minors,” Vatican spokesman, Alessandro Gisotti, said.
He added that it is “not an academic conference”.
The Vatican will host a global bishops’ summit on the child abuse crisis from February 21 to 24 in Rome, and expectations are high for the Church to address the scandals.
Pope Francis will attend all meetings, according to the Vatican.
The pontiff wants all attendees to return to their home countries from the conference with a solid understanding of the law and measures to tackle abuse, Gisotti said.