Posts Tagged ‘Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors’

Pope shares survivor’s letter

Thursday, October 21st, 2021
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A female survivor of abuse by a priest has written to seminarians imploring them to become good priests and to make sure the “bitter truth” always prevails. The letter, written in Italian, was sent to Pope Francis who requested it be made public with the author’s identity withheld. “Please, do not sweep things under the Read more

New Vatican laws on clergy abuse not enough

Monday, June 21st, 2021
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A former member of Pope Francis’ commission on clergy sexual abuse said the recent revision of the criminal section of the Catholic Church’s canon law do not go far enough to protect children and vulnerable adults from possible predators. Marie Collins pointed out that the new provisions do not mandate that a priest found guilty Read more

Pope appoints abuse survivor to Vatican panel

Monday, March 29th, 2021
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Pope Francis has appointed a prominent Chilean survivor of clerical sex abuse to a Vatican commission that focuses on education to prevent abuse in the Catholic Church. Juan Carlos Cruz, an international advocate for abuse victims, has been appointed to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. The 59-year-old Cruz was abused as a Read more

Vatican issues statement following Cardinal Pell’s conviction

Thursday, February 28th, 2019

The Vatican is calling Cardinal George Pell’s conviction of sexual abuse of minors’  as “painful”, saying it “shocked many people”. In a statement, the Vatican acknowledges the “utmost respect for the Australian judicial authorities” and says the Vatican is waiting for the outcome of the appeals process. It says, (Pell) “has the right to defend Read more

Resolving sexual abuse – Church wants to shine

Thursday, March 1st, 2018

The Catholic Church is aiming to be a model in terms of involvement in resolving sexual abuse issues. The goal is to find in the Church “a source of strength” that can offer its knowledge and expertise to the world. Read more       Related Posts:US prelates walk in solidarity with sexual abuse victimsTwelve Read more

Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors renewed

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Pope Francis has renewed the mandate of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors two months after the Commission became inactive. During his recent trip to South America, Pope Francis addressed concerns about the expiry of the Commission’s mandate, saying the time taken to nominate members to the body was normal. He has reappointed Read more

Kilgallon makes a presentation to Pope at Rome meeting

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Mr Bill Kilgallon, director of the National Office for Professional Standards of the Catholic Church in New Zealand, has been attending a meeting in Rome of The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. He was one of three people to speak when Pope Francis met with the commission face-to-face for the first time. Together Read more

Pope regrets decision he made about sexual abuse case

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Pope Francis has told the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors he has been learning “on the job” better ways to handle priests found guilty of abuse. He admitted this during his first face-to-face discussion with the Commission on September 21. The Pope said he has come to regret agreeing to a more lenient Read more

Restructure of Pope’s clergy abuse commission considered

Thursday, August 24th, 2017

Pope Francis’ commission on clergy abuse is considering whether to restructure itself so that it no longer includes the direct participation of abuse survivors. An option the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors is considering involves the possibility of creating a separate advisory panel of individuals who have been abused by clergy. Read more Read more

Face reality says Jesuit child protection expert

Monday, July 24th, 2017

Facing reality about issues of child abuse is a crucial part of child protection, says Hans Zollner S.J. Father Zollner is both President of the Centre for Child Protection of the Pontifical Gregorian University and a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. He says the detailed report about allegations of  sexual Read more