Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna, the Vatican's former chief prosecutor of clerical sex abuse cases, will head a new doctrinal team dealing with appeals filed by clergy accused of abuse.
"Obedience and closed environments also seem to have had a role in the prevalence of abuse within some religious orders and dioceses."
Malta's bishops were "surprised" but reassured by the findings of the survey of Catholics they conducted for the Synod of Bishops on the family.
The subject of the handling of the clergy sexual abuse crisis came up again this morning in a Vatican briefing on the upcoming papal canonizations.
After a controversial vote in parliament Monday, Malta became the latest country to recognize same-sex unions as the legal equivalent of marriage, and to permit adoption by same-sex couples.
Shortly before the 37-0 vote, Auxiliary Bishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, the former sex abuse investigator for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, told The Malta Independent newspaper that the civil unions bill had some good points but was not in the best interests of children.
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Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Charles Scicluna to take testimony in Scotland's St. Andrews and Edinburgh archdiocese, where disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien was archbishop.
All Things Catholic: When Pope Francis says he wants a greater role for women, his ideas seem to have little to do with office-holding of any sort.
All Things Catholic: Geneva was the setting for a riveting bit of theater as two Vatican heavyweights sat before a panel to field questions about the sex abuse scandals.
All Things Catholic: At this time of year, the Vatican usually gets calmer and everyone is basically on hiatus. Not so with this pope.