ROME (RNS) But a commission statement vowed that victims of clerical abuse should have a voice in the future.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Cardinal Gerhard Mueller's remarks may only inflame a controversy that is complicating the pontiff's efforts to fight clergy sex abuse.
ROME (RNS) The departure of Irish abuse survivor Marie Collins is a huge setback for Pope Francis, who established the commission in 2013.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Marie Collins said she would always like to see more done and faster, while another victim is more skeptical but wants to return to the papal commission.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) O’Malley’s comments follow reports that a French priest told new bishops they were under no duty to report abuse allegations to the police.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Members will give Pope Francis recommendations on how to punish bishops who shield priests suspected of misconduct, one of several moves that are encouraging the two victims on the panel. But they also chided Francis for endorsing spanking.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “Priority must not be given to any other kind of concern, whatever its nature, such as the desire to avoid scandal, since there is absolutely no place in ministry for those who abuse minors," Pope Francis said.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A longtime aide to Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley is among nine new members appointed by Pope Francis to the Vatican’s sex abuse commission.
(RNS) Some victims of clergy sex abuse say Pope Francis' first-ever encounter with victims is simply stagecraft aimed at distracting the public from what they say are the pope’s larger failures to address the abuse crisis.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “In many people’s minds it is an American problem, an Irish problem or a German problem," said Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston referring to the sex abuse scandal. "The church has to face it is everywhere in the world. There is so much denial."
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican's new commission for the protection of minors, led by Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley, is designed to show the pope’s personal commitment to confront the sex scandals that have shaken the church around the world.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The high-profile names on the sexual abuse commission give some indication of the importance Pope Francis has given to the panel.