The Five Proposals

The council of nine offered five proposals on accountability. From the Vatican Radio site:

The text concludes with a list of five specific proposals made to the Holy Father, which are listed below.  It is proposed:

1.  That because the competence to receive and investigate complaints of the episcopal abuse of office belongs to the Congregations for Bishops, Evangelization of Peoples, or Oriental Churches there is the duty to report all complaints to the appropriate Congregation.

So complaints go to the office for Bishops, or to one of those two other offices.

2. That the Holy Father mandate the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to judge bishops with regard to crimes of the abuse of office when connected to the abuse of minors.

The CDF will judge bishops if the complaints are connected to abuse of minors. What about bishops who abuse the office in other ways?

3.  That the Holy Father authorize the establishment of a new Judicial Section in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and appointment of stable personnel to undertake service in the Tribunal.  The implementation of this decision would follow consultation with the Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

A new section within CDF will handle matters, and there will be direct consultation with the CDF head.

4.  That the Holy Father appoint a Secretary to assist the Prefect with the Tribunal. The Secretary will have responsibility for the new Judicial Section and the personnel of the Section will also be available to the Prefect for penal processes regarding the abuse of minors and vulnerable adults by clergy.  This appointment will also follow the consultation with the Prefect of the Congregation.

The pope appoints a person with significant powers and responsibilities.

5.  That the Holy Father establish a five-year period for further development of these proposals and for completing a formal evaluation of their effectiveness.

We’ll keep developing and evaluating things until 2020.

The Council of Cardinals agreed unanimously on these proposals and resolved that they be submitted to the Holy Father, Pope Francis.  The Holy Father approved the proposals and authorized that sufficient resources will be provided for this purpose.

Lots of online commentary yesterday. The usual suspects complained it was not enough. Others suggested we wait and see. No comment from me, other than just presenting the ideas here.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to The Five Proposals

  1. FrMichael says:

    Of course, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, but at least on paper, a hearty “cheers!” Finally, a mechanism to hold enabling bishops accountable.

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