Another sex abuse survivor to join papal commission

A papal commission to protect children is to have another survivor of clerical sexual abuse join its membership.

The Commission for the Protection of Minors, which Pope Francis established in December, will also have more representatives from other countries and disciplines.

Irish abuse survivor Marie Collins is already a member of the commission, headed by Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston.

The commission is now awaiting the Pope’s approval of members’ latest efforts as they aim to lay out a pastoral approach to helping victims and prevent future abuse.

Ms Collins told media that the group has agreed on its provisional statutes and finalised a list of potential new members.

She also said that the commission has created working groups that will focus on priestly formation, accountability and reaching out to survivors.

The commission met for the third time at the Vatican on October 4-5.

Getting input from survivors is “essential” for an appropriate, effective and compassionate response to the crisis, said Mark Vincent Healy, one of six abuse survivors who met Pope Francis at the Vatican in July.

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