The Vatican's Little one Safety Fee meets for a plenary meeting

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The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors met in Rome and practically from April 19-22 for its plenary session.

The Commission issued a statement following the meeting highlighting the work of Commissioners in the first quarter of 2021, including the publication of the laws of a 2019 Commission seminar on the "Balance of Confidentiality, Transparency and Accountability in Canonical Criminal Trials". and an online course on Safe Environments in Religious Life for Superior General of Religious Orders and their delegates.

The declaration also envisaged two upcoming initiatives by the Commission: an academic seminar on Enculturation of Outreach and Healing for abuse survivors and their families and communities in June; and a conference for Church Leadership in Central and Eastern Europe aimed at helping Church leaders in the region “understand the needs and challenges they face in advancing strategies for preventing and healing the wounded by spiritual sexual ones Facing Abuse ".

The Commission noted "a series of constructive meetings with offices of the Roman Curia" aimed at discussing "the realities, challenges and critical developments" in the field of protection and the Church, particularly in the light of developments since the Commission was set up in the Year 2014. The members of the commission thanked the curial officials of the Congregations for the Evangelization of Peoples, the Doctrine of the Faith and Catholic Education. the dicasteries for lay, family and life and for the advancement of integral human development; and the Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legal Texts.

They also thanked the International Union of Superiors General and the Union of Superiors General "for their continued cooperation and commitment to the welfare of all children and vulnerable people".

The commission's press release ended on "an expression of deep appreciation for the work of the outgoing secretary, Monsignor Robert Oliver, who returns to the United States later this year after a decade of service to the Church in the Holy See".

Monsignor Robert Oliver was unceremoniously released from his position at the Pontifical Commission when Pope Francis decided not to renew his mandate. Church officials did not provide an explanation for the move. Fifteen other members of the Commission have had their tenure extended by one year instead of the normal three-year term.

Survivor Cruz joins the commission

At the same time, Pope Francis appointed Juan Carlos Cruz, the survivor of clergy abuse, to the Pontifical Commission and granted him a full three-year term. This week he attended a plenary session for the first time.

Cruz, a victim of serial abuse Fernando Karadima, has emerged as a prominent lawyer for survivors of abuse, particularly drawing attention to the abuse of abuse cases by Pope Francis in Cruz's homeland, Chile. Pope Francis later admitted to having made "serious mistakes" in dealing with crises.

During this week's plenary session, Cruz said, “He hoped that his presence and contribution would renew the churches' commitment to hearing, welcoming, supporting and accompanying and creating a space for the abused children, men and women will get the life of the Church going. "

At the time of his appointment, Cruz was the only known survivor of clergy sexual abuse on the commission.

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