Saturday, June 24, 2017

Papal abuse commission member suggests changes to group expected in fall

Papal abuse commission member suggests changes to group expected in fall

ROME
National Catholic Reporter
Joshua J. McElwee | Jun. 23, 2017
ROME
A member of Pope Francis' commission on clergy sexual abuse has suggested the composition of the advisory body may change at some point this fall, as the original three-year terms granted to individuals in the group expire.
Jesuit Fr. Hans Zollner, who was appointed by Francis with seven others in March 2014 as the initial members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, said the group is hosting its last planned plenary session in September.
"People know that the mandate of this commission comes to a close," said Zollner, speaking Thursday at the Pontifical Gregorian University. "The mandate is of three years and at the end of this year the mandate finishes."
"We look forward to seeing what will be the follow-up," the Jesuit said.
"There is one more plenary session ... which will be the last plenary session," he continued. "From there, we need to see what will be the follow-up and how [the] commission will look and what will be the membership."