Tag: Catholic Church

Pope Selects Members for Commission on Protecting Minors from Abuse

Last December, Pope Francis announced that he wanted to set up a special commission for the protection of minors in the Church.

Today he instituted the new body, called the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, and appointed the following to be a part of it:

Dr. Catherine Bonnet (France)

Mrs. Marie Collins (Ireland)

Prof. the Baroness Sheila Hollins (United Kingdom)

Card. Sean Patrick O’Malley, OFM Cap (U.S.)

Prof. Claudio Papale (Italy)

Her Excellency Hanna Suchocka (Poland)

Rev. Humberto Miguel Yañez, SJ (Argentina)

Rev. Hans Zollner, SJ (Germany)

READ FULL ARTICLE:  Pope Institutes New Commission on Protecting Minors from Abuse |Blogs | NCRegister.com.

SEE ALSO: National Catholic Reporter


Pope Francis – Evangelization – Media


In my nearly 40 years as a journalist, this is the first time that I recall a pope offering a view on the media’s roles and responsibilities in the world. Think. Be silent. Be calm. Listen. This is papal instruction from which we can all benefit — those of us who write the words and stories, and those of us who read, view, and listen to them.

I may be a lapsed Catholic but it is heartening to hear a pope so in tune with the world and in sync with my own work and mission to inject civility into a world in sore need.


Could this be True? Hope Not!

I sure hope this isn’t true “Court documents obtained by CBC News allege that the Catholic Church is withholding millions from former students of Indian residential schools…..The Anglican, Presbyterian and United churches have met their obligations, but according to the federal government, the Catholic Church is shirking its responsibility.”  Read more

Historic Moment in the Vatican – Irish Bishops, Pope, Sexual Abuse Crisis

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Irish Summit

This week, a historic moment in the Vatican’s response to the global clergy sex-abuse scandals arrived as Ireland’s 24 diocesan bishops began an unprecedented two-day summit with Pope Benedict and his senior Curia over the devastating fallout of November’s Murphy Report on the history of abuse and its handling in the archdiocese of Dublin.
While the American cardinals were addressed by Pope John Paul II and met with the relevant heads of dicasteries nearly four months after the outbreak of the US’ edition of the crisis in 2002, never before has an entire national bench been summoned to Rome on the hot-button issue… and neither has a pontiff himself led the discussions as Benedict XVI did with his Irish visitors. Whisper’s in the Loggia (week of Feb 14, 2010) has a number of posts and links to read more about this historic meeting at the Vatican about a crisis that has caused and continues to cause excruciating pain, suffering, and scandal to Catholics (victims, laity, and clergy) around the world.