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Tuesday, 13 December 2016 14:39

New Vatican CSA website

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vaticanThe Vatican has launched a new website detailing its efforts to protect children from sexual abuse by clergy.

It's the first time the Vatican has published the documents and resources in one place, including an email and phone number to contact its Commission for the Protection of Minors.

In a media release, Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council (TJHC), welcomed the new website.

“This website will be a one-stop-shop for people wanting to understand how the Vatican and the Pope’s child protection commission are working,” Mr Sullivan said. “It signals a shift in the Vatican’s approach in communicating its increased focus on the issue of clerical child sex abuse."

The new website:

  • includes a template for local churches around the world to use in establishing their own approach to protecting minors from clerical sex abuse;
  • includes guidelines for verifying people's identities when recruiting clergy, employees and volunteers for Catholic church activities, and criminal record checks;
  • recommends "full information sharing" when priests are seeking to transfer from one diocese to another;
  • reinforces the official Vatican position that, when accusations surface: "the Church will comply with the relevant authority. This should include any civil requirements on mandatory reporting... There should be a clear statement about referral of criminal behavior to the police or relevant authority."

The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors was established in 2013 and is headed by Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley.

(Featured image from the website of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors)

Visit the official website of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

This report was first featured in the newsletter of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council (TJHC) published on 9 December 2016. The TJHC is coordinating the Catholic Church’s response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.