Victims panel mooted for Pope’s child protection group

An absent member of the Pope’s commission to protect minors hopes to eventually lead a victims and survivors panel on the commission.

British campaigner Peter Saunders said the idea of the panel was suggested by commission head Cardinal Sean O’Malley.

Mr Saunders was encouraged to resign from the commission after he questioned Pope Francis’ commitment to reform.

But Mr Saunders said he is only on a “leave of absence”.

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