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Because the daily pre-conclave meetings of cardinals in the Vatican’s Synod Hall are confidential, and the cardinals have largely stopped speaking to the press to give themselves privacy for reflection in advance of Tuesday’s conclave, it is hard to work out what are the dividing lines and debates in this papal transition. What issues are on their minds? What are they looking to the next pope to prioritise?IMG_8208

In the absence of clear information, the media have been turning to those who seem to want “change” – groups such as the abuse survivors’ organisation SNAP, or INWAC (better known as ‘We Are Church’), both of whom have been giving briefings and interviews around the Vatican.victims660cloneclone

The unreality of these interviews is that the kinds of changes these groups want to see are not what the cardinals are discussing. The changes required to make the Church a model of safeguarding have…

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