Vatican commission support ‘validates’ resignation – Collins

The Irish Catholic

by Greg Daly
March 30, 2017

Expressions of support for Marie Collins from members of the Vatican’s child protection commission are a “validation” for her position, the former commission member has said.

Mrs Collins stepped down last month from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors after almost three months on the body of which she had been a founder member, saying she had grown frustrated with “resistance” from members of the Vatican bureaucracy, with the last straw being a refusal by members of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to respond to survivors’ letters.

Last weekend the commission expressed support for Mrs Collins, with French child psychiatrist Catherine Bonnet saying, “what Marie has said is the truth. It is more than the voice of a survivor. She has a general view of what is needed.”

Mrs Collins told The Irish Catholic: “It’s simply that there’s been a lot of misinformation put out there from various sources in the Vatican that I don’t really understand how the Vatican works,” adding: “It’s validation for me that the members have come out and said that I was right”.

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