What is the Pontifical Commission?

We will be referring to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors in this issue, so we thought you would appreciate a basic definition.

The Commission was instituted within the Curia by Pope Francis I in March of 2014. Led by Boston’s Cardinal Sean O’Malley, O.F.M., the Commission is tasked with proposing policy and procedural changes to Pope Francis to enhance the protection of minors and vulnerable adults. There may be up to 18 members from various related disciplines, from both religious and laity, including survivors of priest abuse.

A controversial recommendation to date was the creation of a Vatican tribunal to judge bishops accused of cover-ups. Pope Francis approved this recommendation, and the tribunal was established in 2015. Due to obstacles within the Curia, however, this and other approved recommendations have yet to materialize.

Recently, the media has featured distinctly different responses to this pace of change by the two survivors who are members of the Commission. Articles below refer to this debate in greater detail.

As ever, the opinion of any one Founder voiced here does not represent the opinion of all Founders. As on the Commission itself, survivors have had different journeys, experiences, ways of healing and ways of responding to this crisis in the Church. We encourage all survivors to find their voices and speak freely.

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