Pope Francis Establishes New Commission to Combat Child Abuse

This morning at the Vatican, it was announced that Pope Francis will set up a child protection commission to combat child abuse. 

Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley, who is in Rome to attend the Council of Cardinals meeting at the Vatican, told reporters that the commission will survey child protection programs and work with bishops and religious.

Among the commission’s responsibilities will be reviewing existing guidelines, priestly formation programs, codes of conduct, and procedures for screening candidates for the priesthood.  The commission will also focus on supporting victims of abuse, will issue recommendations regarding how the Church can best cooperate with civil authorities, and will advise the Pope on prevention policies and pastoral outreach for the victims.

The commission will include both clergy and lay people.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will retain responsibility for investigating and trying accused priests.


Read this story and more over at the Kresta in the Afternoon blog.

  • Clare Krishan

    Fittingly in keeping with Pope Benedict’s chosen 2013 prayer intention (first general, calling all people, then missional, calling baptized people)
    Victimized Children. That children who are victims of abandonment or violence may find the love and protection they need.
    Prepare the Savior’s Coming. That Christians, enlightened by the Word incarnate, may prepare humanity for the Savior’s coming.

    for the beginning of this new liturgical year ! http://www.ewtn.com/faith/papalprayer.htm

    Since Christ came as a small child in impoverished estate – appealing to a naturally endowed tenderness of the human heart (proposing not imposing) – how could his Good News convince anyone if small children remain neglected, especially at this time of year? Congruence attracts. Incongruence repels.