Vatican’s child protection commission considers restructuring

A recent interview with a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors revealed that the commission is considering creating a separate panel of individuals who have been abused by the clergy.

A summary of the interview appears on the National Catholic Reporter (Aug. 23, 2107) website.  The summary notes that one of the commissions work groups has been tasked with weighing the pros and cons of such a change.

In the summary, commission member Krysten Winter-Green stated, “I think that may be a more productive [way] of ensuring the voice of survivors in the work of the commission.” She went on to say, “I do not know that it’s critical that a survivor needs to be actually on the commission.”

“No decision has been made about this,” she stressed, adding, “I think the voice of survivors needs to be heard by this commission. They need to have input into every facet of the operation. How that is accomplished remains to be seen, but it will be accomplished.”

For the entire NCR summary by Vatican correspondent, Joshua McElwee, click here.