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USCCB welcomes papal commission on sex-abuse response

December 09, 2013

The president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has welcome Pope Francis’s decision to create a commission for the protection of minors.

“The decision of Pope Francis to establish a commission for the protection of minors is a most welcome initiative,” said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville. “Abuse of minors is a sin and a crime, and every step must be taken to eradicate this blight. Such abuse is especially grave when committed by anyone in ministry in our Church.”

“The announcement of this initiative reflects a broad-based approach that considers changes in Vatican procedures in dealing with clerics accused of abuse, seminary training for future priests, and other pastoral efforts to address this horrific problem,” he added. “This international effort is particularly welcome as we have come to learn that this tragedy affects many, if not all, parts of the world.”


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  • Posted by: hartwood01 - Dec. 09, 2013 9:01 PM ET USA

    Please,turn these abusing clerics over to the law and let them be sent to jail. Catholics are begging for this,but these guys get to "repent" in a monastery for the rest of their lives instead of jail. Until that occurs,I regard it all as so much lip-service.