Category: Pope & Vatican

Vatican Commission for Protection of Minors – New Statutes

Vatican Commission for Protection of Minors

The Statutes for this commission were released today (May 15, 2015). Here is the Vatican Link.

Sean Winters comments: “Legalese is dull and boring to read, but it is an essential ingredient in changing a culture. You can’t start dinner until someone sets the table. The clerical culture that tolerated and excused clergy sex abuse has been changing slowly, too slowly, over the years. The statutes published today represent a significant step forward in the Church’s effort to confront the paramount need to protect children and to erect a culture that helps the local churches and the universal Church weed out any resistance to efforts designed to meet that need. Kudos to Cardinal O’Malley and his colleagues for getting these statutes through the labyrinth that is the Curia in record time.” Read Full Review on NCR

Pope Francis and Jean Vanier


VATICAN CITY – On the eve of meeting Pope Francis, Jean Vanier spoke about the importance of joy, tenderness and practical resistance to the “throwaway” culture.

Vanier met Pope Francis at the Vatican March 21 during a trip to Rome to mark the 50th anniversary of L’Arche, the international federation of communities he founded where people with and without intellectual disabilities live and work together. Read full article:

Before meeting Pope, Vanier talks about joy, tenderness, acceptance


At the recent LA Religious Education Congress, John Allen did a presentation.

He said that that Pope Francis tends to focus on the pastoral, rather than the doctrinal or canonical. He named three pillars of the Francis Papacy:

1) Leadership as Service

2) A Missionary Church

3) Mercy as the Cornerstone

See Presentation: