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Cardinal Sean O’Malley. Pope Francis appointed Cardinal O’Malley to the Council of Cardinals in 2013, nominated him President of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors in 2014, and nominated him Member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2017. Cardinal O’Malley was elected Chairman of the Papal Foundation in 2018.

The Catholic Herald, June 28, 2024

American Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston issued a statement saying he has asked the heads of all offices in the Roman Curia to take down the artwork of a famed priest and artist accused of abusing dozens of adult women.

The statement came from the Pontifical Commission for Protecting Minors (PCPM), for which O’Malley serves as President, and said in that capacity, the cardinal has written to the heads of all Vatican departments asking that “pastoral prudence would prevent displaying artwork in a way that could imply either exoneration or a subtle defence” of alleged abusers “or indicate indifference to the pain and suffering of so many victims of abuse.”

In his letter to Vatican prefects, dated June 26, O’Malley said, “We must avoid sending a message that the Holy See is oblivious to the psychological distress that so many are suffering.” …

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