Chicago (CBS) — Pope Francis has tapped Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich to be part of the group organizing an unprecedented sex abuse summit at the Vatican. A critical part of the new group will not only be bishops, leaders like Cupich, but actual abuse survivors.Chicago Culture Celebrates The City While Giving Back To Youth For Black History Month
Bill Reidy was abused by Father Donald J. O’Shaughnessy, his student advisor, every day from his sophomore year to his senior year at Wilmette’s Loyola Academy. The Archdiocese of Chicago settled Reidy’s abuse suit.
“I think this is a starting point about finding a solution,” Reidy said about the summit next February.READ MORE: Mother And 10-Year-Old Daughter Dead, 4 Family Members Hospitalized After House Fire In Auburn Gresham
The group organizing the Vatican meeting will set new policies dealing with, and even penalties for not dealing with, clergy sex abuse.
Chicago’s Cupich has been an open voice in what still is an often covered up topic.
For example, CBS 2 has been trying to speak to the bishop of the Joliet Diocese, R. Daniel Conlon, for months about dealing with problem priests.MORE NEWS: Chicago Weather: Warm But Wet Sunday Morning Ahead Of Cold Front
Bill Reidy has reached a settlement in his suit, but like many, he believes he’s never been listened to. He thinks including abuse survivors in the meeting will be “huge”.