Bringing more expertise and more geographic balance, the larger commission and the global nature of the church could add to the complexity, rather than reduce it.
"Obedience and closed environments also seem to have had a role in the prevalence of abuse within some religious orders and dioceses."
Numerous speakers during the conference's first night ask, what is the strategic plan moving forward?
Today, as SNAP marks its 25th anniversary, its members can take satisfaction in seeing that its claims have been validated, and a few of its recommendations have been implemented.
SNAP says breach of contract suit filed against Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese is first of its kind, and a huge victory for survivors of clerical sex abuse.
“A zero tolerance approach must be adopted,” Pope Francis said on the airplane flying back from the Holy Land. But will the Vatican really face the crisis of clergy sexual abuse?
Opinion: Survivors who meet with Pope Francis should be supported. It is an act of great courage and no victim should be forced or guilted out of it.
Some victims' advocates dismissed the upcoming meeting as "meaningless" while others endorsed it as a positive step, though long overdue.
The Vatican has effectively addressed the "worldwide scourge" of clerical sexual abuse over the past decade, a United Nations panel heard Tuesday.
A motion filed Thursday could put the brakes on a possible deposition of St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt regarding clergy sexual abuse in his archdiocese.
According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese filed a motion late Thursday night asking District Judge John Van de North to stay his decision from earlier in the week that depositions be taken of Nienstedt and former vicar general Fr. Kevin McDonough.