Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

3/24/2014 (10 months ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Marie Collins, herself a child victim of clerical abuse, will be one of eight people serving to advise the Pope.

Despite powerful efforts by Pope Benedict XVI and Francis, the public continues to assail the Church for its handling of the child sex abuse scandals which have rocked the church for decades. In a bid to further protect children, Pope Francis has formed a new commission to address the issue. The commission includes a woman who was victimized by a priest as a child.

Earlier this year the UN blasted the Vatican for the worldwide sex abuse scandal, despite major reforms within the Church. Pope Francis continues to act.

Earlier this year the UN blasted the Vatican for the worldwide sex abuse scandal, despite major reforms within the Church. Pope Francis continues to act.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

3/24/2014 (10 months ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Child sex abuse, scandal, abuse, children, Pope Francis, commission, marie collins


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Pope Francis has announced the formation of an eight-member commission that will provide more advice on the Church's child sex abuse policy. The announcement was made on Saturday and includes a woman who was abused by a priest at the age of 13.

The formation of the new commission was anticipated as early as December when the Vatican announced that Francis wanted to create it. The commission will advise Pope Francis on which policies to pursue to best protect children.

Light a candle for all those who have suffered with abuse.

The commission is made of eight members including four women. One of those women is Marie Collins who was abused by a priest at the age of 13 in Ireland. When she reported her abuse to Church officials in Ireland, she was disbelieved, then later blamed for what happened to her, despite the fact that she was obviously a young child. 

The Vatican announced on Saturday that the commission would look into both "civil and canonical duties and responsibilities" regarding accused personnel. This means the commission will examine the requirement to report any suspected cases to both the Vatican and local authorities, as is appropriate.

It remains to be known if the commission will advise the Pope on how to handle bishops who cover up such crimes. Canon law allows for the Pope to discipline a bishop who neglects his duty, but no bishop has ever been sanctioned by the Church for failing to report a sex abuse case. It is strongly hoped this will change.

Cardinal Sean O'Malley will also serve on the commission. Cardinal O'Malley is close to Pope Francis and is the archbishop of Boston where he has witnessed a scandal firsthand.

Two other members of the commission are professors from the Jesuit Pontifical Gregorian University who in 2012 hosted a seminar for how to best protect children in the church.

The Vatican announced that Pope Francis wants the protection of children within the Church to be "among her highest priorities."

Pope Francis has also defended the Church from scandal mongers who may have an agenda against the Church itself. Although abuse of children within the Church is inexcusable, as well as its cover up, the Church has done much to ensure the protection of children.

In an interview with Corriere della Sera, Pope Francis said, "The Catholic Church is perhaps the only public institution that has moved with transparency and responsibility. No one has done more. And yet the church is the only one that has been attacked."

Some activists want the pope to simply dismiss bishops who have been accused of covering up for accused priests. However, bishops are not simply removed because they fail in their duty, particularly when they see that duty as possibly conflicting with the rules of the Church. Pope Francis isn't shy about removing problem bishops, but it is important that they understand the new rules and are given an opportunity to comply before being called to the Vatican to account for their roles in such scandals.

Although how bishops should proceed in these cases should be straightforward, it isn't thanks to Papal decrees and Church law from the past century. Hopefully now, Pope Francis makes appropriate expectations crystal clear. He has thus far given every indication he is doing so.

It is hoped that through the work of this new commission, the scourge of child sex abuse scandals will finally evaporate from the Church. The Church is not a hiding place for pedophiles and Pope Francis is doing his best to ensure that it is never again used as such.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for January 2015
General Intention:
That those from diverse religious traditions and all people of good will may work together for peace.
Missionary Intention: That in this year dedicated to consecrated life, religious men and women may rediscover the joy of following Christ and strive to serve the poor with zeal.



Comments


More Living Faith

St Francis DeSales Challenges Us to Live a Life of True Devotion Watch

Image of Today in our Liturgical calendar in the Latin Rite of the Catholic Church, we remember St Francis DeSales (1567-1610). The Saints are all given as examples to emulate. They are our companions on the journey, men and women like us who responded to God's invitation to become like Jesus. They pray for us because we are joined with them in the eternal communion of love. They also put legs on the Gospel, showing us what holiness looks like.

By Deacon Keith Fournier

I say that devotion must be practiced in different ways by the nobleman and by the working man, by the servant and by the prince, by the widow, by the unmarried girl and by the married woman. But even this distinction is not sufficient; for the practice of ... continue reading


Hey Main Stream Media - Do Your Job! Media Bias on March for Life Watch

Image of The hundreds of thousands who gatherred in Washington, DC were virtually ignored by the mainstream media because they gave a voice to children in the womb intentionally killed by procured abortion

By Catherine Contreras

What do you get when over 500,000 people attend the March for Life in Washington DC? Yup. A biased main stream media barely covering it, again. OAKLAND, CA (Catholic Online) - On the 42nd Anniversary of Roe v Wade, the Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion in ... continue reading


Arlington Diocesan teachers provide English Language Learners with special support Watch

Image of Fourth-grade students work on personalized language arts activities at St. Thomas More Cathedral School in Arlington. (Christine Stoddard, The Arlington Catholic Herald)

By Christine Stoddard, The Arlington Catholic Herald

Step into Sarah Conrad's pre-kindergarten classroom at St. Thomas More Cathedral School in Arlington and you'll see the usual suspects: tiny furniture, storybooks, brightly colored posters and educational toys. But you'll also notice that laminated labels abound. ... continue reading


'Self righteousness is not going to change peoples' attitudes and save babies,' Cardinal says Watch

Image of Cardinal Sean O'Malley says that the abortion issue in the United States is a call for those of all faiths to action.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In delivering his homily at the March for Life vigil in Washington D.C., Cardinal Sean O'Malley said that indifference is the "greatest enemy" of the pro-life movement, adding that "to change people's hearts we must love them." Speaking at the Basilica of the ... continue reading


Eighth Annual Stand Up 4 Life Rally|Walk in Oakland, California! Watch

Image of Walk for Life in California

By Catherine Contreras

"If Black lives matter, they have to matter in the womb first. Because if Black lives don't matter in the womb, they don't matter anywhere else. So join us and help us speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves." - Walter B. Hoye II, Founder and President of ... continue reading


Papal Nuncio to Join Walk for Life West Coast! Watch

Image of Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigaṇ

By Catherine Contreras

The Walk for Life West Coast is honored to announce that Archbishop Carlo Maria ViganĂ², the Holy Father's Ambassador to the United States, will be attending the 11th Annual Walk for Life West Coast in San Francisco, on January 24, 2015. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic ... continue reading


Build a Culture of Life! A Rally Cry Was Heard In Los Angeles!

Image of Pro-lifers marched in One Life LA on January 17, 2015.

By Catherine Contreras

 A Rally Cry Was Heard in Los Angeles, California, "Build a Culture of Life! A Culture That Loves Life and That Defends Life!" The Mission of OneLifeLA is to unite communities and inspire positive action through an annual event that promotes the beauty and ... continue reading


Catholics fail to practice 'responsible parenthood' when they have too many children, Pope Francis says Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis recently praised Blessed Paul VI for defending Catholic teaching against contraception. At the same time, "this does not mean a Christian must make children one after another," the Pope added. In fact, Catholics fail to practice "responsible ... continue reading


Pope Francis confirms stops in Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia in upcoming U.S. visit Watch

Image of The papal itinerary remains in the planning stages. Organizers are already talking about appearances at the White House, the United Nations and Ground Zero, and even a Mass at Madison Square Garden.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis has confirmed that his trip to the United States this fall will include stops in Washington, D.C. and New York City, in addition to Philadelphia. Francis told the press that he wishes he could enter the U.S. through the Mexican border "as a sign of ... continue reading


Announcing Ignatius Press books at Catholic Shopping .com - Start your Catholic library today!

Image of Catholic Shopping .com is proud to announce, that we are now carrying a wide selection of Ignatius Press's most popular books.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Discriminating Catholic readers will be excited to know Catholic Shopping .com now carries a wide selection of the best books from Ignatius Press. LOS ANGELES, CA - The story of Ignatius Press is one that began over thirty years ago, and a story that has not ended ... continue reading


All Living Faith News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Jonah 3:1-5, 10
1 The word of Yahweh was addressed to Jonah a second ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 25:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
4 DIRECT me in your ways, Yahweh, and teach me your ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 1:14-20
14 After John had been arrested, Jesus went into ... Read More

Reading 2, First Corinthians 7:29-31
29 What I mean, brothers, is that the time has become ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for January 25th, 2015 Image

St. Peter Thomas
January 25: Carmelite Latinpatriarch and papal legate. Peter was born in ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter