Vatican City -- According to bishops at the meeting, the Irish bishops and Pope Francis discussed: the ministry of a bishop, clerical sexual abuse, women in the church, new ways to engage young people, the changing status of the church in society, Catholic schools and methods for handing on the faith,
Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors
Members of the pope's commission for child protection have been speaking with bishops and major Vatican offices to develop and educate the church about best practices.
Editorial: Marie Collins displays the determination and courage required to get on with the next phase of dealing with the clergy sex abuse scandal.
Catholic clergy have a "moral and ethical responsibility" to report sexual abuse, said Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley, tasked with reforming the Vatican's approach to sexual crimes.
Marie Collins, an Irish abuse survivor who is one of the members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, responds to the controversy behind another member's leave.
Viewpoint: I have been asked about the Commission discussion and vote last Saturday at our Plenary. Why the silence and why have I not walked away? I will now explain.
Irish clerical abuse survivor Marie Collins, a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, spoke to NCR and called Vatican bureaucracy "very difficult."
Doyle said he spent eight to 10 hours over three days explaining the situation in the U.S. from the perspective of his 30 years of advocacy for victims.
We say: The mere announcement of the tribunal should rouse bishops around the world from any hesitancy they may feel addressing this issue.
Four survivors of abuse will make an unscheduled visit to Rome on Sunday, hoping to encounter Pope Francis at home.