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Vatican to form commission on abuse

 
12202013p05ph(NCR) When Pope Francis announced in April that he would convene a sort of “kitchen cabinet” of the world’s cardinals, he gave the group two general objectives: to help him in reforming the Vatican’s bureaucracy and to advise him in governing the global church.

While we are still waiting to see exactly where pursuit of the first goal will lead, December’s meeting of the Council of Cardinals saw the group embracing the second.

As the council wrapped up its second meeting at the Vatican Dec. 5, the group’s lone American, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley, announced that Francis was creating, at the cardinals’ recommendation, a new commission that would advise the pope on safeguarding children from sexual abuse.

O’Malley said at a press briefing that the commission is to comprise international experts and to focus on the pastoral aspect of the continuing clergy sexual abuse crisis. The pope has not determined the specifics of how the commission will function or where it will fit into the Vatican’s bureaucracy, he said.

“Up to now, there’s been so much focus on the judicial parts of this, but the pastoral response of the church is very, very important and the Holy Father is concerned about that,” O’Malley said. “And so we feel as though having the advantage of a commission of experts that would be able to study some of these issues and bring concrete recommendations for the Holy Father and the Holy See will be very important.” [more]

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5 Comments

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  2. […] children and adolescents by priests and other Catholic clergy. In addition, rather than convening a commission to tell him how to protect children and adolescents from sexual abuse, he should appoint an […]

  3. Tony says:

    Cardinal O’Malley has been in the forefront in addressing the sexual abuse scandal, he has made great strides while bishop of Palm Beach and now Bostob and will continue as a member of Pope Francis’ winning team.

  4. Joseph Francis says:

    We are so blessed to have Cardinal O’Malley O.F.M. Cap. working on this issue. His insightfulness, compassion for the victims is well known. His simple Franciscan presence says Volumes.

  5. Recovering Catholic says:

    Jesus’ priests are supposed to be spending their time bringing people to enlightenment, killing their egos and guiding them into union with God. How can they do this when they themselves aren’t even in the purgative stage yet?

 
 

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