We Are Church Press Release 14 January 2018
Call for Pope Francis to meet Marie Collins in support of Pontifical Commission
‘We are Church Ireland’ is calling on Pope Francis during his forthcoming visit to Ireland in 2018 for the World Meeting of Families to meet with Marie Collins to affirm his continuing support for that Commission and to show his appreciation of her valuable work over three years on the Vatican Commission for the Protection of Minors.
In spite of her important role in this Commission Pope Francis has not personally met her during her time in Rome other than a brief passing handshake.
‘We are Church Ireland’ has already written to Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Dublin and the Papal Nuncio requesting such a meeting but to date the only response received has been from the Papal Nuncio.
‘It is most important that Pope Francis meet with Marie Collins during his Irish visit to confirm his full support for the continuing work of the Commission for the Protection of Minors and to thank her for her valuable contribution to that Commission’ stated Brendan Butler of ‘We are Church Ireland.’
Brendan Butler, We are Church spokesperson.