The Holy Father urged leaders to put the welfare of victims ahead of seeking to defend the Church’s reputation.
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Pope Francis has appointed Father Andrew Small to be the secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.
In addition, seven members were also reconfirmed and nine new ones were appointed by Francis.
Pope Francis addressed members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors Thursday.
The abuse survivor’s resignation this month from the Vatican commission to protect minors has focused public attention on the issue.
Marie Collins cited frustrations with ‘a lack of cooperation’ by the Curia as a leading factor.
Other members of the commission reportedly voted unanimously in favor of a leave of absence for Peter Saunders, who has generated controversy since his appointment in 2014.
A survivor of priestly sexual abuse, Peter Saunders reportedly became increasingly critical of the commission's process of reforming the Church's abuse protocol.
The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors met in October to continue its work on norms and procedures to protect children and vulnerable adults from sexual abuse.