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Vatican publishes statutes for commission to protect minors / National Catholic Reporter

The Holy See this morning published the statutes for the Commission for the Protection of Minors, giving that body canonical and juridical status within the Roman Curia. It may not seem like they are very earth-shattering or, in the event, Church-shattering, but they are. First, there is the fact of a commission … (Second) the new commission specifically has the task of working with local churches and coordinating efforts within the Roman Curia to deal with the scourge of clergy sex abuse. Third, and perhaps most significantly, the new statutes stipulate: ‘The Commission is an advisory body at the service of the Holy Father’ … Fourth, apart from the chair and the secretary, there is no requirement that the commission members be clerics at all.”

By Michael Sean Winters, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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Pope’s New Commission to Tackle Clergy Sexual Abuse, Who Will Discipline the Bishops?

Religion News Service’s David Gibson has weighed in on Pope Francis’ announcement to create a commission to advise him on clergy sexual abuse by asking who will discipline bishops involved in the scandal. Gibson posed this question to Cardinal Sean O’Malley, archbishop of Boston and a member of the Pope’s council of eight cardinal-advisors, who announced the establishment of the commission:

… O’Malley acknowledged that Catholics were most keen to hear how and whether the pope and the new commission would tackle the question of disciplining bishops who have shielded abusive priests.

“Quite frankly that’s something that the church needs to address,” O’Malley said, noting that he wasn’t sure whether the commission, the Congregation for Bishops or the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith — the Vatican department that has been handling most abuse cases — would take the lead on rogue bishops.”

Click here to read Gibson’s entire article.

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