Speaking to reporters on March 3, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said that Marie Collins had resigned from the papal commission on sexual abuse in order to “shake things up.”
The Vatican Secretary of State acknowledged that Collins had been
dismayed by “a few episodes” in which officials of the Roman Curia
thwarted the plans of the papal commission.
He said that her resignation
was intened to “shake the tree a bit.”
Collins had complained that the
work of the commission was consistently blocked.
In a separate comment on European political affairs, Cardinal Parolin
said that the Church always respects others, even when they make
choices that conflict with Catholic moral principles.
He made that
comment in response to queries about assisted suicide in Switzerland and
an Italian court ruling that two homosexual men could both be
considered fathers of a child borne by a surrogate mother.
said that respect for others’ choices is “fundamental,” although the
Church cannot cease to proclaim the message of the Gospel.