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Fr. Miguel Yañez on protecting minors: It's about education and prevention

2014-03-29

Among the eight members of the new Commission for the Protection of Minors is Fr. Miguel Yañez. He's from Argentina and he's known the Pope for years and he's also seen how important this issue for him. 

FR. MIGUEL YÁÑEZ
Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors 
"Some have criticized the Pope for not creating this commission before, but I personally know that he took his time in analyzing what the commission should be all about. He's actually been planning the project for several months now.”

At this point, the commission has eight members. From theologians, to priests and psychiatrists, but most importantly, it includes a victim who was abused by a priest as a teenager

FR. MIGUEL YÁÑEZ
Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors 
"I think the Pope got it right by including a victim who can be the voice of others. To directly hear about her painful experience, pushes all of us even more, so that the Church can be aware of this problem.” 

The Jesuit priest is an expert in moral theology. He lives in Rome, and teaches at the Pontifical Gregorian University, where he has led the development of online programs that teach priests and the laity, to detect abuse and then report it. He says the key is education, but new measures also help. 

FR. MIGUEL YÁÑEZ
Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors 
"It's about awareness and communication. From community leaders like a parish priest, to catechists, parents and even kids. They can all learn to recognize the traits or behavior of an abuser. We must insist on a policy of prevention. It's about developing new ways of confronting the abuser and overcome the culture of silence and concealment, which is what triggers the most shock.”

The new commission follows the footsteps of Benedict XVI, who was Pope, set up the framework to fight against abuse. 

The commission was first announced back in December, after Pope Francis met with his advisory council, made up of eight cardinals. Now that members have been announced, the next step is for the commission to set up its structure and tasks. 


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