A truly wonderful action was taken by Pope Francis, to bring in one of the victims to help the Church deal with this horror, as reported by John Thavis.
Pope Francis today named eight members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, including an Irish victim of clerical sexual abuse.
This core group of the commission, which includes four women, has been asked to further define the scope of the panel’s responsibilities and recommend additional members.
The Vatican said the commission would promote “a multi-pronged approach to promoting youth protection, including: education regarding the exploitation of children; discipline of offenders; civil and canonical duties and responsibilities; and the development of best practices as they have emerged in society at large.”
The commission includes Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston and Catholic experts from seven other countries. Most are from Europe, but the Vatican said additional members would be found from other continents. Among the eight are specialists in human rights, church and civil law, moral theology and psychology.
The Irish commission member, Marie Collins, is a well-known sex abuse survivor who has actively campaigned for investigation of sex abuse by priests. She was recently critical of a statement by the Association of Catholic Priests in Ireland, which questioned whether some priests who had made “mistakes” early in life should continue to be excluded from ministry.
Retrieved March 22, 2014 from http://www.johnthavis.com/the-vatican-commission-on-sex-abuse-takes-shape#.Uy2Yva1dUn8
And Marie Collins biography—as well as those of the other members—is here: http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2014/03/22/0199/00444.html#ESTO%20IN%20LINGUA%20INGLESE