Campaigner and maltreatment mortality Marie Collins has called on Pope Francis to stop the higher clergy in the Vatican who oppose a change in the reaction of the Catholic Church to the perpetrators and their victims.
Collins said that only a clarification of those who blocked reforms would make a difference for survivors and ensure the safety of children within the Church.
After serving in the papal committee for the protection of minors set up by Pope Francis as advisory group, she stopped last year out of frustration about the refusal of the Vatican to follow up on his recommendations.
Collins said she did not know who in the curia – the governing body of the Vatican – was driving the resistance, but said that this was no excuse for Pope Francis not to act.
"The pope must know who they are, it is these people who have to be fired and immediately dismissed.
"The Pope has powers above and above everyone and he really has to face this resistance."
Collins spoke at the World Meeting of Families during a session on the protection of children, which was attended by the president of the papal committee, Cardinal Sean O & # 39; Malley.
Cardinal O & # 39; Malley withdrew from the engagement after he was in controversy in his home country about the failure of his office to act on warnings for sexual violence by the now retired cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
Ms. Collins's calls were heard by an audience of several hundred, but the turnout appeared sparingly in a pavilion set up for more than 6,000.
She said that there were still people in the church, clerics and laypeople who refused to believe that abuse was a big problem.
"I hope they will at least believe the pope at this point, where they survivors," said Ms. Collins, referring to the open letter from Pope Francis.
last week to all Catholics awarded, the seriousness of the issue was recognized.
"I hope they will take their energy from defending the indefensible, accepting the truth and, instead of denying it, put their energy into bringing about the changes that are needed."
These changes include a policy of zero tolerance towards abusers and those who protected them, plus the establishment of an effective graveyard with strong sanctions for the guilty, including dismissal of posts, removal of titles and privileges and, if necessary, removal from court. clergy and even the church completely.
"If church law does not allow this to happen right now, write a new ecclesiastical law," she said.
She did not insist on the victims, but everyone in the church, to ask the leadership why this did not happen.
Sheila Hollins from Great Britain, who ended her term at the papal committee earlier this year, agreed that it was frustrating to see her recommendations ignored.
Barbara Thorp, former head of the Office of Child Protection in the Archdiocese of Boston, contrasted the world's reaction to abused children in the way people were gripped by the situation of the Thai soccer team earlier this year in a cave.
The latter had a quick international response, with people willing to risk their lives to save the young boys.
"So urgent and courageous decision must be the laser-like determination that leads the church," she said.
Another panel member, Prof. Gabriel Dy-Liacco, a member of the papal committee and a therapist treating both rapist priests and victims, said he was deeply concerned about children in countries where abuse stories had not yet reached the headlines.
He said that the revelations of abuse came from countries with a free press and democracy and he feared what might happen in many African and Asian countries.
An international umbrella group of survivors' organizations later questioned the relevance of the papal committee and said that cardinal O & # 39; Malley would be resigned.
The end of Clergy Abuse, ECA, which was established last year, represents groups in 18 countries.
Peter Isely, one of the founders of SNAP, the Survivors Network of priestly abused priests in the US, said the commission had been worthless so far, but he added that it would be possible with the right leadership and he said that Archbishop Diarmuid Martin might be a good replacement for Cardinal O'Clay.
Tom Doyle, a church lawyer, former priest and victim lawyer, said that the problems in the church are not with the 1.15 billion followers, but with the 2800 bishops who managed it.
"They are obsessed with their own images, their own future, their own presence and show a strong contempt for anyone who will confuse their security, namely the victims of their own abuse," he said.