Thursday, December 05, 2013

Pope has approved a commission of experts to prevent clerical sex abuse and help victims




Pope Francis has approved a commission for the protection of minors and for victims of clerical sex abuse. The announcement was made by Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley, who as the Archbishop of Boston, has directly led the fight against these type of cases.

CARD. SEAN PATRICK O'MALLEY
Archbishop of Boston ( USA )
"Continuing in the decisions, and in the policies of Pope Benedict XVI, and accepting a proposal that has been presented by the Council of Cardinals, the Holy Father has decided to establish a very specific Commission for the protection of children, so the Commission will be able to advise the Holy Father about the protection of children and in pastoral care for victims of abuse.”

So the commission will study the current policies and propose new ways to improve them. It will also look into the pastoral support of victims and their families as the cooperation lines between Episcopal conferences and the respective authorities.

CARD. SEAN PATRICK O'MALLEY
Archbishop of Boston ( USA )
"Up to now there has been too much focus on the judicial part of this, but the pastoral response of the Church is very important and the Holy Father is concerned about that.”

The Pope has approved the commission but details about its members or even when it will be launched are still pending. But an interesting point is just how fast it was approved. The Council of Cardinals put forth the idea on Wednesday and the Pope approved it on Thursday.

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