Bishops ‘must cooperate with probe’

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Published: Thursday 5th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Pope Francis has urged bishops and religious superiors to cooperate with his sex abuse commission.

The Pope is seeking to give the committee a boost as it meets for the first time on Friday with its full membership.

In a letter, Francis said the commission is an important new way to encourage the church’s commitment to taking “whatever steps are necessary” to ensure children are protected.

He wrote: “Priority must not be given to any other kind of concern, whatever its nature, such as the desire to avoid scandal, since there is absolutely no place in ministry for those who abuse minors.”

The commission has been slow in getting off the ground. Announced in December 2013, it saw its final members added 12 months later.

Published: Thursday 5th February 2015 by The News Editor

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