Boston archbishop joins Vatican office on clergy sexual abuse

BOSTON – Boston archbishop appointed to a top Vatican office that specializes in cases of clergy sexual abuse.

The Vatican press office announced Saturday that Pope Francis appointed Cardinal Sean O’malley is the newest member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which enforces the doctrine of the church, and also judges the sexual abuse cases. O’malley will remain archbishop of Boston.

The movement reinforced O’malley’s role as an important figure in the work of the church to prevent abuse. In 2014 he was appointed president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, an advisory body for the pope.

O’malley was appointed archbishop of Boston in 2003 after Cardinal Bernard Law resigned in the wake of the clerical sex-abuse scandal.

The officials of the Archdiocese of Boston could not immediately be reached for comment.

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