Monument weighing tons

Monument weighing tons

A warning millstone

Monument weighing tons

Pope Francis greets people during general audience © Stefano Dal Pozzolo (CBA)

Representatives of the Initiative against Violence and Sexual Abuse of Children and Adolescents handed over a "Admonishing Millstone" weighing several tons to Pope Francis in Rome. The millstone is intended to remind adults of their responsibility toward children.

As the initiative with seat in the Rhineland-Palatinate Siershahn communicated on Monday, the delivery of the 1.4 tons heavy memorial took place immediately after a general audience of the Pope on 27. November instead of. Francis was "deeply moved and moved," the initiative said.

This millstone has already been seen in numerous German cities since 2008. This is intended to send a signal to remind adults of their responsibility toward the children entrusted to them. The initiative is chaired by social pedagogue Johannes Heibel, who has been dealing with cases of sexual abuse in church and society since 1993.

In its own words, the initiative hopes that the millstone will be given a "dignified, if possible well-frequented place" in Rome. On the millstone is an engraved inscription with a passage from the Gospel of Matthew: "But whosoever shall offend one of these little ones which believe on me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were sunk into the depth of the sea" (Matt. Chapter 18, verse 6).

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