Skip to comments.Abuse survivor says new Vatican commission must achieve real change
Posted on 03/25/2014 7:53:17 AM PDT by Welchie25
The lone clerical abuse survivor nominated by Pope Francis to sit on the new Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors said the commission needs to achieve concrete change in order to show other survivors that the church is going to get it right.
Marie Collins, who was abused by a chaplain as a sick 13-year-old at Crumlin hospital in Dublin in the 1960s, told Catholic News Service that many survivors will be watching the new Vatican commission with interest, but many will have written it off as merely a PR exercise.
Survivors will not be satisfied with more words or promises, they need to see real change, she said.
Collins, who campaigns on behalf of abuse victims, said her priority is a strong worldwide child protection policy which would include sanctions for any member of the church in a position of authority who ignored these rules.
She added that too many bishops who have protected abusive priests have been allowed to remain in place undisciplined.
I would like to see the way survivors and their families have been treated change. The concentration on often-abusive legalistic responses instead of caring for those hurt needs to end, she said.
The cultural attitude within the church and laws that categorized child abuse as a moral lapse rather than a criminal offense also have to be tackled, she told CNS.
The initial eight members of the commission will be free to decide what issues they are going to deal with, how they are going to work and who else will join the commission, Collins told CNS.
Though it is in its early stages, she said her understanding is that the commission will make its recommendations directly to Pope Francis and will not communicate through any Vatican departments.
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The consequences of homosexual behavior still being felt.
FRoman Catholic talking point 38. Homosexuality is to blame.
Did you read the article?
This poor GIRL was sick when she as molested by a Roman Catholic Priest.
Being a disciple again I see. LOL
90% of abuse cases are male. In spite of the woman featured in this article, purpose of this Vatican commission is not to deal with cases of abuse of girls.
***In spite of the woman featured in this article, purpose of this Vatican commission is not to deal with cases of abuse of girls.***
And yet she is the only abused person on the commision.
I don't see any room in the Bible that the Catholic church claims to have written to allow for a cover-up of sinning priests.
And Catholics on this board seem to think that because they claim the Catholic church *wrote* the Bible, they have the right to interpret it.
And why should we trust their interpretation when they can't even follow it themselves. Obviously THEY'RE not doing a very good job of interpreting it.
The following passage does not take an advanced theological degree to figure out.
1 Corinthians 5:1-13 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that is not tolerated even among pagans, for a man has his father's wife. And you are arrogant! Ought you not rather to mourn? Let him who has done this be removed from among you.
For though absent in body, I am present in spirit; and as if present, I have already pronounced judgment on the one who did such a thing. When you are assembled in the name of the Lord Jesus and my spirit is present, with the power of our Lord Jesus, you are to deliver this man to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord.
Your boasting is not good. Do you not know that a little leaven leavens the whole lump? Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
I wrote to you in my letter not to associate with sexually immoral peoplenot at all meaning the sexually immoral of this world, or the greedy and swindlers, or idolaters, since then you would need to go out of the world. But now I am writing to you not to associate with anyone who bears the name of brother if he is guilty of sexual immorality or greed, or is an idolater, reviler, drunkard, or swindlernot even to eat with such a one. For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Is it not those inside the church whom you are to judge? God judges those outside. Purge the evil person from among you.
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