Marie Collins appointed to Vatican commission protecting children
Published 22/03/2014 | 15:44
Irish abuse survivor Marie Collins was today appointed to the Vatican commission to protect children from abuse.
The committee was first drafted in December and Ms Collins is one of the first eight members announced today.
The commission has been comprised of four men and four women who will tackle the ongoing issue of paedophilia in the Catholic Church.
Ms Collins was abused in the 1960s and has been a vocal campaigner against the exploitation of children.
Cardinal Sean O'Malley is also on the board.
Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said in a statement today: "Pope Francis has made clear that the Church must hold the protection of minors amongst Her highest priorities.
"Looking to the future without forgetting the past, the Commission will take a multi-pronged approach to promoting youth protection," he added.
A group of international experts will further define the group's scope, but their initial roles will involve taking criminal action against offender, improving the screening process of priest and educating Catholics on potential exploitation of children.