Pope creates sex abuse advisory panel, just days after Vatican rebuffs UN questions on alleged sexual crimes

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is assembling a panel of experts to advise him on sex abuse in the clergy — a task that will involve looking at how to protect children from pedophiles, how to better screen men for the priesthood and how to help victims who have already been harmed.

But it remains unclear if the experts will take up one of the core issues behind the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal: how to make bishops who shelter abusive priests accountable.

The commission was announced just days after the Vatican submitted its responses to a U.N. committee monitoring its implementation of the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child. The Vatican dodged many of the committee’s questions about sex abuse by arguing that it’s up to bishops and dioceses to implement programs to protect children, not the Holy See.

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