Vatican unveils commission to combat sexual abuse
Pope Francis delivers a prayer from the window of his apartment at the Vatican on November 17.
December 5th, 2013
01:33 PM ET

Vatican unveils commission to combat sexual abuse

By Hada Messia, CNN

Rome (CNN)–Pope Francis is creating a commission to prevent the abuse of minors and to support victims of abuse, Cardinal Sean Patrick O'Malley announced Thursday in Rome.

The new commission is expected to tell church officials to collaborate with civil authorities and report cases of abuse, O'Malley said.

But he also said that the church has focused on the judicial aspect of sexual abuse in the past, and that Pope Francis now wants to focus on the pastoral side, and caring for victims.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Bishops • Catholic Church • Christianity • Pope Francis • Vatican

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  1. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things,

    December 19, 2013 at 3:03 pm |
    • Observer

      God wasn't healthy for all the children he KILLED in the flood. Same for MILLIONS of "other living things".


      December 19, 2013 at 3:04 pm |
  2. aldewacs2

    ... and in related news, the foxes are forming a commission to discuss protection of chickens.

    December 16, 2013 at 9:54 pm |
  3. 7

    Everyone is welcome to visit ...


    December 16, 2013 at 9:32 pm |
  4. Phaerisee

    Prelatures with no accountability or oversight foster and cultivate a spirit within the Church that allows this sort of thing to happen.

    December 7, 2013 at 11:14 am |
  5. Science Works

    Well it does not look like the change is coming soon !

    ACLU Sues, Claiming Catholic Hospitals Put Women At Risk

    December 02, 2013 4:42 PM


    December 7, 2013 at 10:01 am |
    • midwest rail

      And an entire conversation – where no one violated the TOS – disappears. It would be interesting to know why.

      December 7, 2013 at 10:05 am |
      • Science Works


        Vatican refuses to give UN panel full details of clerical se-x abuse cases
        Holy See angers campaigners by not disclosing information requested by UN committee on the rights of the child

        Lizzy Davies in Rome
        theguardian.com, Wednesday 4 December 2013 19.29 GMT


        December 7, 2013 at 10:10 am |
      • Street Epistemologist In Training

        I guess douglas and devin couldn't handle the questions.

        December 7, 2013 at 10:15 am |
        • Science Works

          The simple math was to much for Douglas maybe or the LIST of pedo prests set Douglas off ?

          December 7, 2013 at 10:21 am |
        • Street Epistemologist In Training

          No telling exactly what will trigger a delusional to suddenly vanish – the holes in their belief system are numerous and large.

          December 7, 2013 at 10:24 am |
        • Science Works

          The brain sometimes I wounder if douglas can use it ?

          Open Access Peer-Reviewed
          Research Article

          MicroRNA-Driven Developmental Remodeling in the Brain Distinguishes Humans from Other Primates


          December 7, 2013 at 11:10 am |
  6. Reality # 2

    Again, money wasted as the "vomit-inducing" ped-ophilia and coverup will simply hasten the decline of all religions as they finally go extinct from their own absurdity.. It is time to replace all religions with a few rules like "Do No Harm" and convert all houses of "worthless worship" to recreation facilities and parks.

    And for the new members:

    Putting the kibosh on all religion in less than ten seconds: Priceless !!!

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Abraham i.e. the foundations of Judaism, Christianity and Islam are non-existent.

    • As far as one knows or can tell, there was no Moses i.e the pillars of Judaism, Christianity and Islam have no strength of purpose.

    • There was no Gabriel i.e. Islam fails as a religion. Christianity partially fails.

    • There was no Easter i.e. Christianity completely fails as a religion.

    • There was no Moroni i.e. Mormonism is nothing more than a business cult.

    • Sacred/revered cows, monkey gods, castes, reincarnations and therefore Hinduism fails as a religion.

    • Fat Buddhas here, skinny Buddhas there, reincarnated/reborn Buddhas everywhere makes for a no on Buddhism.

    • A constant cycle of reincarnation until enlightenment is reached and belief that various beings (angels?, tinkerbells? etc.) exist that we, as mortals, cannot comprehend makes for a no on Sikhism.

    Added details available upon written request.

    December 7, 2013 at 7:54 am |
  7. Reality # 2

    Again, money wasted as the "vomit-inducing" ped-ophilia and coverup will simply hasten the decline of all religions as they finally go extinct from their own absurdity.. It is time to replace all religions with a few rules like "Do No Harm" and convert all houses of "worthless worship" to recreation facilities and parks.

    December 6, 2013 at 11:37 pm |
  8. Dyslexic doG

    your muse is with you this evening Apple. 🙂

    December 6, 2013 at 9:43 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      It is my bunny Daisy.

      December 6, 2013 at 10:26 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        Learn more about bunnies at: http://www.wikipoops.com

        December 6, 2013 at 10:42 pm |
  9. Archibald Smythe-Pennington, III

    Aww, come on, J-Dub – get some spirit in your belly!


    December 6, 2013 at 9:01 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      Stupid religion but a very competent choir.

      December 6, 2013 at 9:04 pm |
      • Archibald Smythe-Pennington, III

        For contrast, a slow number. The man directing in this one I believe is Mack Wilberg who has arranged pieces for years now for the 360-member choir and the 110-member orchestra – both completely volunteer.


        December 6, 2013 at 9:18 pm |
  10. Apple Bush

    Wouldn’t it be a miracle if one day, perhaps in my lifetime, humans turned their back on the past and became the one incarnation of the species Homo sapiens to accept that there is no god and pour their intelligence and resources into the discovery of reality? If a miracle like that happened I would thank…...oh shit.

    December 6, 2013 at 9:01 pm |
    • Russ

      @ Apple Bush: I do enjoy the honest irony of this comment, AB.

      Worthy of consideration on this notion: Ernest Becker's pulitzer prize winning book "The Denial of Death" – about how we are the first society in history to attempt to derive all of our meaning in this life (a functional lack of belief in the afterlife)... placing a weight on life too heavy to bear.

      December 6, 2013 at 10:46 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        I have not read that book. It will be my next read, thanks.

        December 6, 2013 at 10:59 pm |
  11. Apple Bush

    Jesus has been disabled since he rose from the dead carrying with him the burden of the sins of every human soul, past, present and future. Sins that He, indeed, created to begin with and must have been pondering the wisdom of that choice about the time the miserable world he created was becoming all he would ever know. For he had sacrificed himself and accepted this unfortunate fate.

    December 6, 2013 at 8:59 pm |
  12. Apple Bush

    There is a reverse side to reality; I can see it in my feverish dreams

    The power of the anti-world is as frightening to me as a gun to my temple; exciting and dangerous

    So many possibilities yet so few people willing to climb out from the tall grass to embrace the magnificence of being conscious

    Hiding behind fantasies rather than breathing in the thick air of strangeness

    December 6, 2013 at 8:58 pm |
  13. Apple Bush

    I believe that two universes collided in the big bang. It wasn’t the creation of a new universe, it was the explosion of two universes touching one another. That is why there are Christians. They come from another, less intelligent universe that mingles with ours.

    December 6, 2013 at 8:57 pm |
  14. Apple Bush

    Strangely, many have mistaken the soul "entering" the body with that of the soul "leaving" the body. Ensoulment takes place at death when you are made into a god part. You see, God is a collective. Many soulganisms are entwined to create a powerful deity.

    December 6, 2013 at 8:55 pm |
  15. Apple Bush

    The Pope drops a hand grenade into a sea of Catholics and then watches their dead bodies float to the surface. A sturdy net gathers in today’s catch and dinner is assured. Once we have the wine (both a red and a white) we can eat. A good chef can cook on a hot plate.

    The gravy is red and viscous with a sickening sweet aroma that arouses the Pope and his cronies. Mouths watering at the ready, the meal is prepared and the nightly feast of the masses can begin, but first a prayer...

    December 6, 2013 at 8:55 pm |
  16. Apple Bush

    Why does god need human beings to spread his word? This is a being that can simultaneously watch, hear or ignore any number of a quadrillion trillion trillion living or inanimate things throughout the universe. This is the all-powerful creator who provided every rule under which we understand our universe. All technology flows from him, yet he can't tell us himself to behave?

    December 6, 2013 at 8:54 pm |
  17. Apple Bush

    Welcome to the disturbing memories of one pope, he of the triple chin and the great gatherer of people in the light of the spirit. He who dreams of fire and damnation yet smiles a happy smile and embraces the physically deformed with his own special brand of charisma and caring.

    Touch his robes and cry into them, soiling them with the true nature of your heart and begging for forgiveness from he who cannot be flawed. Do this with all of your being and say unto yourself save me Lord. Help me Franny.

    Do not however touch the tip of the tip top of his pointy tip top hat or ask to bum a cigarette from the Pope. Even a bar bouncer frowns on such behavior and the confessional can be used for many things.

    December 6, 2013 at 8:51 pm |
  18. Apple Bush

    Mary is the mother of God. God is the father of God. Mary therefore had incest with her own son before he was born.

    God sits at the right hand of himself.

    God created sin, and then died for our sins so we could go to heaven. If God did not create sin, the rest of the bizarre story would not exist as there would be no sin to be concerned about. So this begs the question, why did God saddle unborn babies with sin that He invented in the first place? Then die for those sins even though God can't die?

    Christians are weird.

    December 6, 2013 at 8:48 pm |
    • Reacharound Ronnie

      "God sits at the right hand of himself. "

      That must be awful, being completely alone.

      December 6, 2013 at 10:37 pm |
      • Apple Bush

        Not at all, he is the son of himself plus he has a ghost to keep him company.

        December 6, 2013 at 10:44 pm |
  19. R. Wilson Reagan

    No true Scotsman: proving religion is divisive as hell.

    December 6, 2013 at 7:02 pm |
    • Apple Bush

      I am a true Scotsman.

      December 6, 2013 at 8:41 pm |
      • R. Wilson Reagan

        Ah, but you are not a true religionite.

        December 6, 2013 at 9:13 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          Is "religionite" a word?

          December 6, 2013 at 10:28 pm |
        • R. Wilson Reagan

          Not officially, no. I use that and goddite.

          It's all good.

          December 6, 2013 at 10:54 pm |
        • Apple Bush

          Gotcha. Good words.

          December 6, 2013 at 10:57 pm |
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