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'...the Council of Cardinals met for three days with the Holy Father to continue our work to reform the curia.' Pilot photo/CardinalSeansBlog.org

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That evening (Friday, June 3rd), I departed for Rome to attend meetings with the Council of Cardinals advising the Holy Father.

On Saturday, the day I arrived in Rome, the Holy Father published his motu proprio "Like a Loving Mother," which clarifies the existing norms already in place for abuse cases, particularly with regard to negligence on the part of bishops, eparchs and religious superiors.

This is clearly an important and positive step forward by Pope Francis. Its purpose includes establishing a clear and transparent means for ensuring greater accountability in how we, as leaders of the Church, handle cases of abuse of minors and vulnerable adults. We are grateful that our Holy Father has received the recommendations from our Commission members and that they have contributed to this new and significant initiative.

Then in the early part of this week, the Council of Cardinals met for three days with the Holy Father to continue our work to reform the curia.

This time we continued our conversations about the different dicasteries, with a particular focus on the Secretariat of State, the Congregations for Bishops, Catholic Education, the Oriental Churches and the Clergy, and the Pontifical Councils for Culture, Promoting Christian Unity, and Interreligious Dialogue.

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