In his 20th August letter ‘To the People of God’ on the abuse
crisis, Pope Francis calls for “every one of the baptised to feel
involved in the ecclesial and social change that we so greatly need. This
change calls for a personal and communal conversion”.

We Are All Church, a movement of Catholics in South Africa (WAACSA)
echoes this and repeats its long-standing call for a radical renewal in the life
of the Church. Two roots of sexual abuse named by Pope Francis are a
culture of fear and silence, and clericalism, both sustained by the abuse of
power embedded in Church structures.

To eradicate these, and for our Church to undergo conversion, open
dialogue and co-responsibility between laity and clergy are required.