Pope Francis at the altar during the Corpus Christi Mass © Cristian Gennari (KNA)
Pope Francis has appointed new members to the Appeals Commission for Serious Criminal Cases at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. This was announced by the Vatican on Monday.
This was a normal staffing refreshment following the departure of several members, the congregation said when asked about the matter. The panel decides on appeals against ecclesiastical convictions of clergy for sexual abuse, heresy, defilement of the Eucharist and other offenses reserved for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Chairman is the Pope's special representative for abuse clarification, Malta's Archbishop Charles Scicluna.
Specifically, the pope appointed Curia Archbishop Filippo Iannone, president of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts; the bishop of San Miniato, Andrea Migliavacca; the bishop of Mondovi, Egidio Miragoli; the Archbishop of Gorizia, Carlo Roberto Maria Redaelli; Curia Archbishop Arthur Roche, Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship; the Bishop of Adria-Rovigo, Pierantonio Pavanello; and Curia Archbishop Cyril Vasil', Secretary of the Congregation for the Eastern Church. Argentine Archbishop Emeritus Jose Luis Mollaghan, previously a full member of the commission, was given the rank of alternate member.