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Papal commission pledges accountability for sex crimes

Saturday, May 03, 2014 - 01:36

May 3 - Advisers to Pope Francis call for 'clear and effective protocols' for holding superiors accountable for not reporting sex crimes against children. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Outside the Vatican, some of the young people the church is looking to protect. A commission tasked with advising Pope Francis on how to deal with the Church's sexual abuse scandal met on Saturday. Their top priority? Complete transparency. (SOUNDBITE) (English) COMMISSION MEMBER, CARDINAL SEÁN PATRICK O'MALLEY, SAYING: "Obviously our concern is to make sure that there are clear and effective protocols to deal with situations where superiors in the church have not fulfilled their obligations to protect children..." The U.N. accused the Vatican this year of systematically turning a blind eye to decades of abuse and attempting to cover up sex crimes. Now the Pope, who has been an advocate for young people, is taking a tougher stance. He set up the commission of eight members, including Ireland's Marie Collins who was molested by a priest as a child. (SOUNDBITE) (English) COMMISSION MEMBER, MARIE COLLINS, SAYING: "I would like to say I know there's many, many survivors around the world who are hoping and have great expectations of this commission and what I can say so far is you can't make concrete promises. But as a survivor myself I am hopeful that we are going to achieve what is hoped for, but it is very early days yet." It's one step toward preventing the abuse that has haunted the church for the past two decades.

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Papal commission pledges accountability for sex crimes

Saturday, May 03, 2014 - 01:36