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Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

Irish priest to challenge diocese in US Supreme Court

Fr John Gallagher alleges he was pushed out of his parish by Bishop Gerald Barbarito and the Diocese of Palm Beach because he refused to cover up for another priest’s sexually inappropriate behaviour with a child.

2019.03.05.

Vatican child protection meeting given seven-point action plan by Irish clerical abuse survivor

The secrecy surrounding the Church's accountability process for those failing to report child abuse increases the pereception that there is no process in place, says Irish clerical abuse survivor Marie Collins.

2019.02.04.

Abuse survivor fears February summit won’t deliver concrete action plans

Marie Collins tells We Are Church gathering, “If there is no consistent agreement across the Church as to what is sexual abuse of a minor, then how can we have any hope of consistent handling of the issue?”

2019.01.15.

WMOF2018 already setting new records

"We have the highest number of individuals registered of any World Meeting of Families with just over 30,000” WMOF2018 Secretary General, Fr Timothy Bartlett has highlighted.

2018.06.12.

Cardinal O’Malley reappointed president of PCPM

Nine new members appointed to the Commission, and seven of the previous members reappointed including Jesuit, Fr Hans Zollner and Mgr Robert Oliver from Boston.

2018.02.18.

Pope was informed about Chilean bishop in 2015

A photograph shows Marie Collins handing a letter written to the Pope by Juan Carlos Cruz, detailing Karadima's abuse and Barros' role, to Cardinal Sean O'Malley.

2018.02.06.

Australian abuse report produces challenging findings

Final Report of Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse questions mandatory clerical celibacy, the inviolability of the seal of confession, and criticises culture of clericalism.

2017.12.17.

Pope Francis appoints Irish priest to CDF role

Mgr John Kennedy from Dublin is to oversee the disciplinary section of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which processes clerical sex abuse cases.

2017.04.05.

Marie Collins takes CDF chief to task over treatment of abuse commission

“It appears that for you, the concern that the local bishop might feel disrespected far outweighs any concern about disrespecting the survivor.”

2017.03.15.

Marie Collins resigns

“I find it impossible to listen to public statements about the deep concern in the Church for the care of those whose lives have been blighted by abuse, yet to watch privately as a congregation in the Vatican refuses to even acknowledge their letters,” said Marie Collins.

2017.03.02.

Tributes to Francis on third anniversary of election

Cardinal Vincent Nichols and We Are Church Ireland commend Pope on the vitality and freshness that he has sustained over the past three years.

2016.03.13.

Marie Collins explains Saunders impasse

“Any expectation that the Commission can attack or demand things of the Pope or insert themselves in particular cases ignores the mandate."

2016.02.11.

Pope will be told of concerns over Chilean bishop

Cardinal O'Malley "listened carefully to all our concerns and will be bringing them to the Holy Father in the next week” - Marie Collins.

2015.04.14.

The key to child protection is education: expert

Over 5.2 million adults and children have gone through the safe environment programme in the US - Mgr Steve Rossetti.

2015.03.02.

Church’s priority is to protect children: Pope

Everything possible must be done to rid the Church of the scourge of the sexual abuse of minors.

2015.02.06.

Italian bishops defend decision on abuse reporting

Guidelines exempt bishops from reporting abuse cases to civil authorities.

2014.04.01.

Vatican appoints Marie Collins to anti abuse panel

Four women among three clergy and five laity from eight different countries on panel.

2014.03.22.
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