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Re: Bishop Accountability - Poche - 06-12-2015

A lay member of the papal commission on sexual abuse says that a new Vatican tribunal, created to judge bishops accused of negligence, should examine past instances of abuse and negligence.

Marie Collins, speaking on Ireland’s RTE network, said that the Vatican tribunal would ensure that in responding to abuse complaints, a bishop can no longer “just behave as he wishes.”

“If he doesn’t have the right attitude to abuse, or if he doesn’t deal with a case properly and it means a child is not kept safe, then he will have to answer to his own higher authority as well as to civil authority,” Collins said.

Re: Bishop Accountability - Credidi Propter - 06-13-2015

(06-11-2015, 11:29 PM)Poche Wrote:
(06-11-2015, 08:11 AM)Credidi Propter Wrote:
(06-11-2015, 12:38 AM)Poche Wrote: Pope Francis has approved new norms that will allow for disciplinary action against bishops who fail to take action on sex-abuse complaints.

The norms call for the creation of a new tribunal, under the jurisdiction of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to judge bishops who are charged with “crimes of the abuse of office” in sex-abuse cases.

The new norms were recommended by the special papal commission on sexual abuse, which is chaired by Cardinal Sean O’Malley. The proposals were submitted this week to the Council of Cardinals, which endorsed them, and given final approval by Pope Francis.

The new policy responds to widespread complaints that although priests, religious, and clerical employees are now subject to disciplinary action for sexual abuse, diocesan bishops had not been held accountable for negligence in handling complaints or for deliberately concealing clerical abuse.

The norms stipulate that complaints about a bishop’s abuse of office should be submitted to the competent Vatican dicastery: the Congregation for Bishops, the Congregation for Eastern Churches, or the Congregation for Evangelization. (These Vatican congregations have some supervisory responsibility over bishops, with the Congregation for Evangelization handling the dioceses in missionary territories and the Congregation for Eastern Churches handling the dioceses and eparches of the Catholic churches of the Eastern rites.)

In approving the policy, Pope Francis also approved the allocation of “adequate resources” to staff the new tribunal. This tribunal will be headed by a secretary, appointed by the Pontiff, serving under the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The staff of the tribunal will assist in cases involving sexual abuse by other clerics; disciplinary action in those cases is already the responsibility of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The new policies were approved by Pope Francis for a five-year period, after which the process will be evaluated and may be revised.

Two lay members of the special papal commission on sexual abuse welcomed the news from the Vatican in email messages to the Crux web site. Peter Saunders said that he saw the creation of the tribunal as “a positive step that clearly indicates that Pope Francis is listening to his commission.” Marie Collins said she was “very pleased” with the move.

The article lost me when he said Cdl. O'Malley chaired the committee. That man has let his position of authority go to his head. I didn't take much liking to him after hearing him blabbing on and on to secular reporters months ago about Bp. Finn.  From what I understand, he's trying to do the same thing to Cdl. Pell. I don't know why you keep sending links to Catholic Culture. The links to that site are always broken and the person who runs it isn't very tradition-friendly.
I think they need someone who is going to be tough on someone who is going to look the other way when someone is abusing children in the name of the Church.

That may be, but they don't need someone who's going to go blabbing about it to the secular press like Cdl. O'Malley did.  It was none of his business, and certainly none of theirs- it looks as if the cardinal was just trying to score media points.  Not that I blame him, who doesn't want to impress the people interviewing them?  Still, Cdl O'Malley is considered by many to be Pope Francis' go-to man for all things United States.  Bishop Finn was my bishop, and whatever mistakes he made, they were mistakes made in being too willing to trust, too willing to hope to find the best rather than the worst in people, too willing to think like more a bishop- a spiritual father looking out for the most vulnerable (the priest who had just attempted suicide) and less like a police officer ready to throw someone to the wolves at the first hint of impropriety.  His mistakes were not made out of malice.  What did Cdl. O'Malley have to do with what was going on here?  Nothing.  He was halfway across the country from this diocese.  What business was it of his to use his position in the Church to give himself credibility with secular media when speaking about the matter?  It was none of his business.  Cardinal O'Malley is an example of how a good man (and he truly was good) can become corrupt by enjoying the praise of men too much.

As for Bishop Finn, others should have immediately gone to law enforcement if they thought a crime was being committed- if need be, going around the bishop if he seemed reluctant to do so himself for whatever reason.  Even though teachers and principals are mandated reporters, they said nothing, yet Bp. Finn is to blame for everything.  Something isn't right there.  Anyway that's done now- now Bp. Finn can probably take things easier now, and I'm thankful for that.  What has Cdl. Pell done?  Nothing as bad as allowing oneself to be corrupted by authority and influence.