02/08/2012 09:54 am ET Updated Feb 08, 2012

"Towards Healing And Renewal": Vatican Holds Global Summit On Sexual Abuse

Feb. 6 marked the beginning of "Towards Healing And Renewal," a four-day Vatican global summit on sexual abuse. The purpose of the summit is aimed at preventing abuse and protecting children. This is an unprecedented gathering in the Catholic Church, bringing together hundreds of clergy as well as sexual abuse victims. While some have dismissed it as a public relations stunt, Marie Collins, one of the few sexual abuse victims to attend this conference says that it is an extremely important event. She said, "There must be acknowledgement and accountability for the harm and destruction that has been done."