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  • Vatican needs boots on the ground to promote child safety, expert says

    Vatican needs boots on the ground to promote child safety, expert says

    American Monsignor Stephen Rossetti is one of the key participants in the Oct. 3-6 summit at Rome’s Gregorian University on “Child Dignity in the Digital World.” He’s been involved in anti-abuse efforts in the Church for years, and he has some concrete advise to offer.

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  • Expert says Vatican botched response to child porn suspicions about envoy

    Expert says Vatican botched response to child porn suspicions about envoy

    German Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, who leads a child protection center at a Roman university and serves on a papal commission advising Francis on reform, says the Vatican should have been more transparent about recent reports that an envoy at the papal embassy in Washington, D.C., is part of an investigation for possible involvement in child pornography, seeing it as part of an going struggle to be more “up-front.”

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  • Pope’s advisers on sex abuse also take up children of priests

    Pope’s advisers on sex abuse also take up children of priests

    Members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors told The Associated Press on Sunday that a working group is looking into developing guidelines that can be used by dioceses around the world to ensure that children born to priests are adequately cared for, after Irish bishops published guidelines earlier this year that focused on ensuring the well-being of the child and the mother.

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  • ‘Pontifical secret’ in abuse cases needs review, advisers tell pope

    ‘Pontifical secret’ in abuse cases needs review, advisers tell pope

    Experts on the 15-member Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors have called for a new look at how the principles regarding “pontifical secret” are applied during canonical processes and see where canon law may impede the reporting of suspected child abuse to civil authorities. The same experts also called for exempting cases that involve “sexual delicts” and crimes against minors from those norms governing pontifical secret.

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  • Pope says not laicizing priest guilty of abuse was a mistake; it will never happen again

    Pope says not laicizing priest guilty of abuse was a mistake; it will never happen again

    Pope Francis told the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors he has been learning “on the job” better ways to handle priests found guilty of abuse, and he recounted a decision he has now come to regret: That of agreeing to a more lenient sanction against an Italian priest, rather than laicizing him as the doctrinal team recommended. Two years later the priest abused again, and the pope said he has since learned “it’s a terrible sickness” that requires a different approach.

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  • German abuse report ‘shocking’ and not the end, Church expert says

    German abuse report ‘shocking’ and not the end, Church expert says

    Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, a leading anti-abuse expert and a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, called a report documenting hundreds of cases of physical and sexual abuse at a German boys’ choir “shocking,” and warned that as the taboo lifts in other parts of the world, similar accounts are likely to keep emerging.

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