The resignation from the pontifical commission for the protection of minors by Marie Collins, an Irish woman who at the age of 13 was herself the victim of sexual abuse by a priest, has caught the media off guard, resulting in haphazard coverage and highly divergent judgments.
There are those who have blamed everything, in the wake of some statements by Collins herself, on the “shameful” resistance of the Roman curia against the commission’s proposals and against Pope Francis, who set it up.
There are those who have focused their fire on the congregation for the doctrine of the faith and on its prefect, Cardinal Gerhard L. Müller, as the main culprits behind the mess.
Marie Collins said: “While mercy is important, justice for all parties is equally important. If there is seen to be any weakness about proper penalties, then it might well send the wrong message to those who would abuse.”
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