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Vatican Announces Special Committee on Child Sex Abuse

U.S. Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley looks on as he attends a prayer at Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on March 6, 2013. U.S. Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley looks on as he attends a prayer at Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on March 6, 2013.
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U.S. Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley looks on as he attends a prayer at Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on March 6, 2013.
U.S. Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley looks on as he attends a prayer at Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on March 6, 2013.
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The Vatican is to set up a special committee to improve measures to protect children against sexual abuse within the Church, the archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley, said on Thursday.
 
“Up until now there has been so much focus on the judicial parts of this but the pastoral part is very, very important. The Holy Father is concerned about that,” O'Malley told reporters, referring to Pope Francis.
 
The commission of experts would “study these issues and bring concrete recommendations” for the Pope and the Vatican, he said.
 
O'Malley was speaking on the third and final day of a series of closed-door meetings between Pope Francis and a special commission of eight cardinals who are discussing the Vatican's troubled administration.
 
The commission, named a month after the pope's election, underlined his determination to push through reforms of the Vatican's top-heavy administration and tackle festering scandals like the issue of sexual abuse of children by priests.

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by: SIR GABRIEL from: KENYA,EAST AFRICA
December 06, 2013 10:07 AM
It is the best move the pope is undertaking. Those both religious and priests involved should be brought to book. The pope must also include the lay in the commission


by: carolineredbrook from: USA
December 05, 2013 4:06 PM
Accused pedophiles like these priests, Sylvain Kustyan, Jerry Sandusky, etc. (and their enablers) must be apprehended before they have years to continue to destroy young lives. Sandusky and these priests are now safely behind bars. But unfortunately, Kustyan, who has been formally charged with two counts each of 1st Degree Sodomy and Sexual Abuse of a ten-year-old little boy, fled to avoid imminent arrest. Kustyan, formerly of Tuscaloosa, Alabama and Hermin/ Mazingarbe, France,as an English teacher, has led numerous groups of schoolchildren on trips to the US, the UK and Ireland. Kustyan is now a fugitive from the law. Perpetrators condemn their victims to a lifetime of emotional and psychological trauma and often permanent physical ailments as well. Since the average pedophile has 300 different victims in their lifetime and since the recidivism rate among pedophiles is virtually 100% and since there is no effective treatment and no known cure, they and their enablers must be stopped ASAP!


by: Terry Gallagher from: Ottawa, Canada
December 05, 2013 2:07 PM
Religious authority (pick a religion) should not be allowed to be alone with anyone under the age of 18 (period). Brainwashing and molestation are inbred. Do not trust these frocked freaks.


by: Shawn from: Upstate New York
December 05, 2013 12:45 PM
So they make a special committee, and that committee will most likely help cover up any abuse. You need someone in there that is impartial.


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December 05, 2013 12:43 PM
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by: Joe M from: Michigan
December 05, 2013 12:31 PM
Good to see the Vatican, and church hierarchy, are moving on this after careful thought. This is not the sort of topic one would want to act too quickly on. : |


by: victor freeman from: usa
December 05, 2013 12:30 PM
And the italian mofia in side church,dont here about that???clean house pop francis,aman,victor freeman from crooked italian mofia vill,aka,canon city colorado


by: Kerry Sanders from: Chicago
December 05, 2013 12:25 PM
A good start might be to defrock any priest with a history of child sex abuse, instead of allowing them to continue to wear the collar as the Church "rehabilitate them." I cannot picture another position of authority that demands more trust from innocent young children, than known perverts wearing vestments of the Church. The best way to insure that priests keep raping, is to keep rapists as priests.

Since Church doctrine is rooted in the principle that any man is capable of redemption, I don't expect this special committee to weigh the needs of the children above the principles of the Church. They'll come up with a statement strongly condemning sex abuse, but at the end of the day they will still be facilitators of child rape
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