The dispute between an abuse survivor who resigned from Pope Francis’s sex abuse advisory commission and a major Vatican body intensified last week.
Marie Collins resigned from the commission in protest at the “unacceptable” lack of cooperation from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), which processes canonical cases against abusive priests.
She has challenged Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the CDF, who had claimed that his congregation had cooperated with the commission.
In a letter in the National Catholic Reporter she said the CDF had ignored or hindered proposals from the commission that had been approved by the Pope.
Following Ms Collins’s resignation, Cardinal Müller told Italy’s Corriere della Sera newspaper it was time to do away with the “cliché” that the Vatican bureaucracy was resisting Francis’s initiatives.
He explained that the CDF had opposed the commission’s proposal to create a tribunal section to hear cases of bishops who had mishandled abuse claims, on the grounds that other Vatican offices “already had the competences, the tools and judicial means” to judge negligent bishops.
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