Pope Francis establishes new department investigating child abuse cover-ups within the Catholic Church
- The Pope approved the proposals increasing bishop accountability submitted by Cardinal Sean O’Malley, head of the special advisory commission convened to investigate sexual abuse by Church leaders.
- The unit will be housed within the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which defends the Church against heresy.
- The new measures follow increased international calls for policy changes in the Vatican’s approach to the sexual abuse of minors, including the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and the UN Committee Against Torture.
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