Almost 12 years after the clergy sexual abuse crisis exploded in Boston, Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley announced Thursday the creation of a Vatican commission on protecting children from abuse that marks the Catholic Church’s first comprehensive effort to address the crisis globally.
O’Malley, speaking in Rome after a meeting of the eight-cardinal council that advises Pope Francis on church governance reform, said the new commission would “advise the Holy Father about the protection of children and pastoral care of victims of abuse.”
The new panel represents Pope Francis’s first substantive attempt to confront the central issue facing the church in recent years. Its establishment also came days after the church refused a UN committee’s request for detailed information about sexual abuse of minors by clergy. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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