Follow usTwitterFacebook


26 Oct 2015 Middle East - Africa News Vatican No comments

Pope Francis to visit the Mosque in Central Africa for peace Mission against insurgency in Africa

Pope Francis will be visiting Africa November 2015. It is so far certain now that the Pope will be visiting Uganda and Kenya first. The Pope will as well visit …

Read more

07 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (10)

Which Bible verses support the use of holy water?

Full Question Are there Bible verses I can cite to support the use of holy water? Fundamentalists say holy water is a superstition that has no basis in the…

Read more

05 Dec 2014 Q&A Comments (10)

Isn't the God of Moses a God of rules and fear and the God of Jesus a God of life…

Full Question Didn't Jesus come to show us the Old Testament God was not the God of love? Isn't the God of Moses a God of rules and fear and the God of Jes…

Read more

08 Sep 2016 Articles No comments

'Society is still catching up': Non-Religious groups join the fight against pornography

'Their generation has consumed explicit content in quantities and varieties never before possible...' It used to be that the only people speaking out against…

Read more

03 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (2)

Can the Church change its doctrines?

Full Question I was amazed to read recently where a Catholic priest theologian said that the Church is not infallible and that it has changed its doctrines…

Read more

03 Sep 2015 News Vatican No comments

On WWII anniversary, Pope says 'never again' to war, condemns arms trafficking

Pope Francis remembered the official end of the Second World War on Wednesday with the plea: “never again,” and he decried similar horrors from today’s bloody c…

Read more

06 Nov 2014 Q&A Comments (22)

Jesus gave the Eucharist after everybody had eaten, so why do Catholics have to fast before Mass?

Full Question Jesus gave the Eucharist at the end of the Last Supper after he and the apostles had already eaten a meal, so why do Catholics have to fast b…

Read more

05 Nov 2015 News USA Comments (3)

Christianity drops in the US: View the latest stats

The Pew Research Center carried out a seven (7) years research exercise in the US and found out that Christianity between 2007 to 2014 have experienced a fall f…

Read more

05 Sep 2015 Exhortations Resources No comments

A moral obligation to vaccinate

I was recently asked whether Catholic schools are morally obliged to require vaccination. My answer is a resounding “Yes.” Catholic and, indeed, all Christian t…

Read more
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3

I’m still on the Vatican commission, says abuse survivor Peter Saunders

British campaigner Peter Saunders has insisted he is still part of the Vatican’s commission on protecting children from abuse.

In a letter published in today’s Catholic Herald, Saunders says that, although he was encouraged to resign after his strong criticisms of the speed of Vatican reforms, he is only on a “leave of absence”.

He says he hopes to lead a “victims and survivors’ consultative panel” to assist the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. This was suggested by the commission president, Cardinal Seán O’Malley, who had consulted the “C8” group of cardinals.

Saunders, the founder of NAPAC (National Association for People Abused in Childhood), had been an outspoken member of the Vatican commission until February, when he went on leave after questioning Pope Francis’s commitment to reform.

Saunders said at the time that he had asked the Pope to attend a meeting and that it would be “outrageous” if he failed to. He also criticised the appointment of a Chilean priest, Juan Barros, to a bishopric. Bishop Barros has faced accusations of covering up for an abusive priest. “People in Chile now see the commission as a laughing stock and I cannot pretend the commission means anything unless [the Pope] sacks Barros,” Mr Saunders said.

In the letter published today, Saunders says he refused to resign when Cardinal O’Malley suggested it. “I told him I was not prepared to do so and he took my decision to Rome for the recent meeting of cardinals.”

Saunders writes that after the cardinal’s suggestion of the consultative panel, “I told Cardinal O’Malley that I would discuss this with other interested parties and that we would speak again in a couple of months. That is the current situation.

“I continue my leave of absence from the commission but remain committed to do anything I can to help our Church make the world a safer place for children.”

Saunders says the proposed consultative panel could follow the model of the victims and survivors’ panel which works with the Goddard inquiry, set up by the Government to examine historic child abuse.



Leave a Reply

  1. most read post
  2. Most Commented
  3. Choose Categories