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
VIDEO OF THE BEAUTIFUL LITTLE CEMETERY AT THE VATICAN WHERE WILLY (THE HOMELESS MAN) IS BURIED.
Pope Francis’s Homeless Guests ‘Are All Moving’ to St. Peter’s Square – The Daily Beast.
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)
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