- May 30, 2020
When abuse survivor Marie Collins resigned last week from the pope’s anti-abuse advisory board she cited the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s failure to implement a tribunal for trying bishops who cover up abuse. But was that idea actually scrapped, or simply modified to achieve the same result?
German Cardinal Gerhard Muller, whose Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith was cited by abuse survivor Marie Collins as part of the reason for her resignation from Pope Francis’s anti-abuse commission, has fired back, saying it’s time to drop the “cliche” of a reforming pope being hobbled by internal opposition in the Vatican.
Crux editor John Allen’s recent argument that my resignation from the pope’s anti-abuse commission will “free me up” and allow me to feel less “conflicted” is not only inaccurate, but patronizing. The problem with the commission isn’t having survivors as members, but opposition from clerical men in the Roman Curia.
The resignation of the lone remaining survivor of clerical abuse from Pope Francis’s anti-abuse commission raises questions about the pontiff’s improvisational management style. If he really can’t get what he wants from the Vatican bureaucracy, is it maybe time to try a different way of getting it?
Although the optics of the exit of the lone survivor serving as an active member of Pope Francis’s anti-sex abuse commission aren’t good, the reality is that naming survivors as members puts them in an extremely awkward spot, trapped between their loyalties to the Vatican and to fellow survivors.
The lone abuse survivor currently serving as an active member of Pope Francis’s commission to fight clerical sexual abuse has quit, citing resistance to the commission’s efforts within the Roman Curia — not over the issue of child protection, she says, but rather the machinations of ‘Vatican politics.’