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APNewsBreak: Pope's sex abuse panel makes progress

APNewsBreak: Pope's sex abuse commission OKs statutes, members, main focus groups

Pope Francis gives a bag to Cardinal Angelo Sodano as he arrives for the afternoon session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Monday...

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Pope Francis gives a bag to Cardinal Angelo Sodano as he arrives for the afternoon session of a two-week synod on family issues at the Vatican, Monday...

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis' sex abuse commission has made new progress after languishing for much of the past year.

Commission member Marie Collins tells The Associated Press that the group approved its legal statutes, finalized proposed new members and divided up into working groups to focus on outreach to survivors, holding bishops accountable and keeping pedophiles out of the priesthood.

The commission met over the past weekend for the third time since it was announced last December.

Collins said Monday that she had been frustrated at the commission's slow pace to date but was hopeful that progress had been made.

The commission now must put its recommendations to Francis for approval.


Updated : 2021-08-01 11:55 GMT+08:00