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Pope may link child protection arm to Doctrine of the Faith

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Vatican City, January 31 - Pope Francis told the
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on Friday that it may
be directly linked with a new Vatican commission to protect
children.
"The possibility is being assessed," he told the orthodoxy
watchdog's plenary session in Rome.
Francis was referring to a special commission advising him
on how the Catholic Church should protect children and help
victims of sexual abuse by the clergy, launched last month in
response to a worldwide scandal involving untold victims that
has put the Church on the defensive for more than a decade.
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has
traditionally been tasked with overseeing reports of priests
sexually abusing children, whereas the new commission deals
specifically with preventing pedophelia and looking after
victims.
Linking the groups would aim to coordinate those two
efforts.
"Think of the wellbeing of children and youth in the
Christian Community that must always be protected," added the
Argentine pontiff.
The announcement of the sex-abuse commission came days
after the Vatican rebuffed a request from the United Nations to
provide information on alleged child sex abuse by priests, nuns
or monks, arguing the cases fell under the auspices of the
judicial authorities in countries where abuse happened.
But two weeks ago, a delegation of senior Vatican officials
made a rare appearance before a U.N. committee wrapping up its
examination of whether the Holy See has complied with the U.N.
Convention on the Rights of the Child, which it ratified in
1990.
Delegates argued again the Vatican did not normally
disclose information about the religious discipline of clergy
members unless that was specifically requested by the
authorities in the country where they were serving.

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