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Key member of Vatican commission investigating child rape resigns – Protests over operation

It caused a disturbance in the Vatican his decision priest Hans Zellner to resign from a Roman Catholic Church commission investigating the affairs sexual abuse children.

Zellner was one of the founding members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minorsone Commission established by Pope Francis in 2014 after decades of unsolved pedophilia scandals within the Roman Catholic Church.

THE his sudden resignation is a blow to the image of the Roman Catholic Church and it comes after the resignation of several members, who expressed complaints that the Commission had no real power and was facing resistance from within.

“Over the past few years, I have been increasingly concerned about how the Commission, in my view, has recorded progress towards achieving (the goal of protecting children and vulnerable people),” the Jesuit priest said in the statement he issued.

Zellner he clarified that his resignation was effective from March 14. It added that it cannot face problems “particularly in the areas of responsibility, compliance, accountability and transparency”.

The head of the Commission, US Cardinal Sean O’Malley, claimed earlier today that Zellner resigned due to a heavy workload.

Last year, the pope gave the Commission more powers and under the new Constitution of the Holy See the Commission falls under the Vatican’s Ministry for the Rightness of the Faith, which rules on abuse cases, and authorized the Commission to draw up an annual report on cases allegedly committed by clerics. to have committed sexual abuse.

In his statement, Zellner denounced unclear hiring practices, roles and the commission’s ill-defined relationship with the Vatican’s Ministry of Faith.

He also complained about “inadequate” financial and decision-making accountability.

Zellner, who also heads a center for the study of abuse cases at Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University, said he remains open to talks with the commission and that he hopes it can resolve its issues.

He announced his resignation days after Pope Francis updated the Catholic Church’s anti-sexual abuse rules, extending the scope of those rules to lay leaders of the Catholic Church. Also the new rules provide that both minors and adults can be victims.

Abuse scandals have tarnished the Vatican’s image and posed a major challenge for the pope, who has passed a series of measures over the past 10 years aimed at making the Church hierarchy accountable. The results of these efforts are mixed.

Source: News Beast

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