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Papal abuse commission ineffectiveness provides perfect example of need for reform

Pope Francis’ Commission for the Protection of Minors is considering restructuring when present members’ terms expire next month, and survivors likely will not have a place at the table. They may comprise a separate advisory panel to the Commission.

Voice of the Faithful believes this is a mistake that would put survivors even farther out of the loop in helping to redress the clergy sexual abuse scandal and denigrate the importance of their counsel.

Ex-Catholic bishop of Phoenix accused of sex abuse of boy / The New York Times

"A former bishop who led the Roman Catholic church in metro Phoenix during a worldwide child sexual abuse scandal has been accused of molesting a young boy 35 years ago.

"Retired Bishop Thomas O'Brien is accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing the boy on several occasions at parishes in Phoenix and Goodyear from 1977 to 1982. The Diocese of Phoenix says O'Brien denies the allegation.

In the Vineyard: July 29, 2017

In the Vineyard :: July 29, 2017 :: Volume 17, Issue 13

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Women at All Levels in the Church 

Women now serve in many leadership positions in the Church, but their influence is tempered by clericalism, patriarchal mindset, and absence of women in top positions of important offices like Vatican congregations. And, of course, no women are clerics.