Quiet progress of pope’s anti-abuse commission a hard sell

Crux | 2/18/2018 | Staff
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ROME - As President John F. Kennedy famously said after the Bay of Pigs disaster in 1961, more or less paraphrasing Tacitus, “Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.” The odd thing from a media point of view is that it’s often precisely the opposite way around - failure is a celebrity, success a nobody.

That is to say, it’s considered news when war breaks out, planes fall from the sky, systems break down and leaders stumble. When peace holds, the plane lands safely, the checks arrive on time, and leaders quietly do their jobs, nobody seems to notice.

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Perhaps that insight helps explain why the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, the body established by Pope Francis in 2014 to advise him on policies to combat sexual abuse, has long struggled to tell its story to the world - against the backdrop of spectacular failures and noisy controversy on the Church’s anti-sex abuse front, steady lower-level success doesn’t quite cut through the noise.

Naturally, the commission has had some stumbles and setbacks.

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Much has been made of the fact, for example, that two former members of the body who are also survivors of sexual abuse, Peter Saunders of the U.K. and Marie Collins of Ireland, both departed under different sets of circumstances, and both later expressed frustration with the pace of change and perceived internal resistance.

Both have also been critical of what they see as missteps by Francis, including his handling of the case of Bishop Juan Barros in Chile and accusations that Barros engaged in a cover-up of crimes by that country’s most notorious abuser priest, Fernando Karadima.

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Likewise, much has also been made of the fact that Francis allowed the membership of the commission to “lapse” in December, and only got around to appointing new members on Saturday,...
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