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Commission for the protection of minors signs agreement with a second dicastery of the Roman Curia

(ZENIT News / Vatican City, 05.30.2023).- On Friday May 26th, the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors and  the Dicastery for Clergy signed An Agreement on Collaboration and Exchange of  Information, the second such agreement between the Commission and a Curial institution  since Pope Francis’ reform of the Roman Curia with the Apostolic Constitution Praedicate  Evangelium.

The Agreement, signed on behalf of the Dicastery by the Prefect Cardinal Lazarus  You Heung-Sik and by the Commission President, Cardinal Sean O’ Malley OFM Cap.,  identified three main areas of shared interest:

First – in service to victims – working to create spaces and structures within the  competence of the Dicastery for welcoming and hearing survivors and for those seeking to  report instances of abuse.

Second – in service to the local churches – cooperating on those aspects pertaining  to safeguarding contained in the Ratio nationalis, a document developed and adopted by  each particular church, governing all aspects of priestly formation, as customized to the  local cultural context.

Third – in service of priest formation – facilitating the promotion of an initial and  ongoing formation of the clergy, that is ever more sensitive to the Church’s safeguarding  ministry.

The collaboration between the entities of the Roman Curia will provide information  for the Commission’s Annual Report, as requested by the Holy Father, in his April 2022  Private Audience with the PCPM, and reiterated again, in his May 2023 Private Audience.

Cardinal O’Malley said: “This second Collaboration Agreement marks another  encouraging milestone for the Commission in its new position within the Curia. This agreement with the Dicastery for Clergy is allows us to open important communication  channels with the office at the service of the formation of our priests worldwide. Priests and  deacons are, perhaps, the most visible face of the daily life of the Church so ensuring that  their life and ministry is subjected to good policies and procedures concerning the  safeguarding of children and vulnerable persons is essential.”

The Prefect of the Dicastery for Clergy, Korean Cardinal Lazarus You Heung-Sik  welcomed increased collaboration: “Our commitment to this difficult area of the Church’s  ministry is further expressed in today’s collaboration agreement. We hope, through our  common effort, to deepen our understanding of the impact of abuse on victims and  survivors and how to best accompany them, and also offer good practices in prevention and  assistance to our priests who are called, as the Pope Francis has said, to become “Apostles  of Safeguarding” for their communities.”