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Vatican's doctrinal watchdog could oversee Pope's new sex abuse commission

2014-01-31

Pope Francis welcomed the participants of the Plenary Assembly for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican's enforcer of the Church's doctrine. The group is also responsible for investigating and punishing priests accused of sexual abuse.

During his remarks at the Clementine Hall, Pope Francis thanked the congregation for their work in dealing with the "most serious crimes,” like the abuse of minors at the hands of clergy.

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"Think of the well-being of children and young people, who, in the Christian community, should always be protected and supported in their human and spiritual growth.”

During his speech, he also made spoke about the future, and made clear his expectations for the new commission he created to prevent sex abuse and help victims.  

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"We are looking into the possibility of incorporating into your Dicastery, the Commission for the protection of the child, which I established, and I hope will be exemplary for all those who aim to promote the well-being of children.”

In his remarks the Pope also talked about the "temptation” to turn doctrine into ideology or reduce it into abstract theories. He called on the congregation to continue pursuing the integrity of Church doctrine, but with collegiality and dialogue. 


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