Vatican City, Dec 5, 2013 / 07:34 am
Earlier today, Pope Francis accepted a proposal for a new commission which will advise him on the protection of children from abuse, as well as how to offer help to those who are already victims.
"Accepting a proposal that has been presented by the Council of Cardinals, the Holy Father has decided to establish a very specific commission for the protection of children," Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley told journalists in a Dec. 5 press conference announcing the new initiative.
Cardinal O'Malley is the archbishop of Boston, Mass., USA, and is a member of the Council of Eight Cardinals which was formed by Pope Francis earlier this year to advise him on matters of Church reform and governance.
The proposal for the new commission was originally proposed during yesterday's evening session, and was officially approved by the Holy Father this morning, the cardinal revealed.