Saturday, December 22, 2012

Boston Priest as new Vatican Prosecutor of sex offenses against Minors Succeeding Mons. Charles Scicluna

Bishops Accountability says a Boston priest may be taking over Mons Scicluna's job as "Promotor of Justice"
Boston Metro broke the story, followed by New York Times...
Main news sources confirming as I write.

December 22, 2012

Boston priest tapped for Vatican role

Boston Catholic Insider
Boston priest, Fr. Robert Oliver, has been tapped by Pope Benedict XVI to be Promoter of Justice for the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith. You can read the Boston diocesan press release here. The position is akin to a prosecutor in the American legal system. The CDF is charged with protecting Catholic doctrine, but also handles all serious crimes against the church, including the sexual abuse of children, desecration of the Eucharist, violation of the seal of confession, heresy and schism. He will be essentially the Vatican’s chief prosecutor of sex crimes against minors.

Oliver has served as judge and promoter of justice in the archdiocesan tribunal, and he has also advised Cardinal O’Malley on issues including pastoral planning. He was a longtime professor of theology and canon law at St. John’s Seminary. This past year he served as a visiting professor of canon law at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He is a very smart orthodox priest. With his departure from the Pastoral Center, Bishop-elect Deeley and Cardinal O’Malley lose a trustworthy adviser with a lot of horsepower who worked quietly behind the scenes to make critical things happen.
Posted by Kathy Shaw at 7:22 PM

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