(left to right: Prof. H. Suchocka, Fr. Hans Zollner S.J., Ms. Marie Collins, Dr. Claudio Papale, Dr. Catherine Bonnet, Fr.  Humberto Miguel Yáñez S.J., Prof. Baronesss Sheila Hollins, Cardinal Sèan O' Malley OFM. cap.) Founding PCPM members with the Holy Father

The idea of a Commission of experts to act as an advisory body to the Holy Father for the protection of minors and vulnerable adults was first proposed  by the Council of Cardinals in December 2013. These Cardinals, representing Churches around the world, identified this task as one of the most urgent priorities for the Church today. The Holy Father approved the proposal and appointed Cardinal Seán O’Malley with the task of forming the Commission.

 

In a Chirograph issued on March 22, 2014 Pope Francis wrote that the Commission’s task is to advise the Roman Pontiff on effective policies for the protection of minors and vulnerable adults and educational programs for all who are involved in this work. Pope Francis formally appointed the first eight members on the same day.  They were chosen from a variety of backgrounds, men and women, lay, religious, and clergy, and asked to identify further members from dioceses and religious institutes around the world. Following several months of intense work, Pope Francis appointed nine additional Commission members.

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On April 21, 2015 the Holy Father formally approved the Statutes of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and confirmed Cardinal O’Malley as President and Monsignor Oliver as Secretary. On February 17, 2018 Pope Francis confirmed the Commission in its mandate at the end of a three year ad experimentum period.  

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Pope Francis also appointed a new membership, nominating sixteen professionals from the field of safeguarding to advise him and build on the work and vision of the founding members. Since its foundation four years ago, the Commission has participated in over 240 educational events on all six continents and in the Holy See to raise awareness of the impact of the sexual abuse of minors and to help local churches establish policies to prevent it.

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HISTORY

HISTORY

The idea of a Commission of experts to act as an advisory body to the Holy Father for the protection of minors and vulnerable adults was first proposed  by...

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MEMBERS

MEMBERS

"I rely on the members of this Commission for the effective protection of minors and vulnerable adults, regardless of religion they profess, because they are the...

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OUR MISSION

OUR MISSION

“The Commission’s specific task is to propose to me the most opportune initiatives for protecting minors and vulnerable adults, in order that we may do everything...

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