The Wall Street Journal: Pope Francis renews, expands Vatican sex-abuse panel

ROME — Pope Francis renewed his advisory panel on child protection, after a two-month lapse, amid growing criticism of his record on clerical sex abuse.

The announcement on Saturday came the same day that a Vatican investigator was scheduled to begin interviewing witnesses in the case of a Chilean bishop accused of covering up abuse.

The case has raised questions among advocates for sex-abuse victims and others about Pope Francis’s sensitivity and credibility on the issue.

The head of the panel will remain Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, in a role he has held since it was established in 2014. Seven of the original members will be joined by nine new appointments.

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