Media Release re new Pontifical Commission

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‘We are Church Ireland welcomes the creation by Pope Francis of the Pontifical Commission for the protection of Minors and especially the gender balance and the majority of lay people within the Commission. It contains Cardinal Sean O'Malley, two Jesuit priests, an Italian Professor of canon law and 4 distinguished women. This move by Pope Francis in the creation of this Commission is one of the most significant reforms in his Papacy to –date.
‘In particular, we welcome the appointment of Marie Collins as one of the members. Survivors of clerical sex abuse can rest assured that her contribution in this Commission will ensure that those responsible for the cover-up of clerical sex criminal abuse will be held accountable . We expect that this Commission will enforce the highest standards for the protection of Minors throughout the Catholic world' stated Brendan Butler, spokesperson, We are Church Ireland.

Media release, 22nd March 2014.

Further information : Brendan Butler We are Church Ireland . 086 4054984