The Commission

Cardinal Seán O’MALLEY

United States

Archbishop of Boston, President of the Commission, member of the Council of Cardinals that advises Pope Francis.

Cardinal Seán Patrick O’Malley, O.F.M. Cap., was professed as a Capuchin Franciscan in 1965 and ordained a priest in 1970. He earned a Ph.D. in Spanish and Portuguese literature from The Catholic University of America, where he taught from 1969 to 1973.

Cardinal O’Malley founded Centro Catolico Hispano (Hispanic Catholic Center), an organization that assists immigrants. He was named bishop of the Diocese of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands in 1985, of the Diocese of Fall River, Mass., in 1992, of Palm Beach, Fla. in 2002 and Archbishop of Boston in 2003. He was created a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI in March, 2006.

Cardinal O’Malley serves on the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee for Pro-Life Activities, the Subcommittee for the Church in Africa and the Subcommittee for the Church in Latin America. Also, Cardinal O’Malley is a member of the Board of Trustees of The Catholic University of America. In 2010, Pope Benedict appointed Cardinal O’Malley as Apostolic Visitator for the Archdiocese of Dublin.

Pope Francis appointed Cardinal O’Malley to the Council of Cardinals in 2013, nominated him

President of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors in 2014, and nominated him Member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2017. Cardinal O’Malley was elected Chairman of the Papal Foundation in 2018.

Card. O’ Malley on EU Day against Child Sexual Abuse

Card. O’ Malley on EU Day against Child Sexual Abuse

“We cannot repair what we do not recognize.  We cannot restore a broken trust if we do not address the heart of the matter. This requires honest investigation, independent inquiry, and informed action.” The President of the Pontifical Commission for the...

Nov. 18: A Global movement to protect children

Nov. 18: A Global movement to protect children

On November 18, on the sidelines of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Fall Assembly in Baltimore, Cardinals and World Faith Leaders will join child sexual abuse survivors for the Pathways to Prevention, Healing, and Justice Inaugural Sunrise Walk. At...

Letter to Seminarians

Letter to Seminarians

The following letter and introduction from the President of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors is available in the original Italian. In questo tempo di rinnovamento e conversione pastorale in cui la Chiesa affronta lo scandalo e le ferite degli...

A Conference of Central and Eastern European Churches

A Conference of Central and Eastern European Churches

Our Common Mission of Safeguarding God’s Children is the theme of an international conference gathering representatives of Episcopal Conferences and professionals working in the field of child and youth protection in nearly 20 countries of Central and...

The Voices of Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse

The Voices of Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse

Ewa Kusz, a member of the organizing committee for the regional conference on the protection of minors for central and eastern Europe taking place in Warsaw, gathers the voices of people who have been abused by priests. By Ewa Kusz What do those who have been wounded...

Towards Warsaw: Our Common Mission of Safeguarding God’s Children

Towards Warsaw: Our Common Mission of Safeguarding God’s Children

Since early 2017, the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has been organizing a regional meeting for the churches in Central and Eastern Europe. Led by the efforts of Professor Hannah Suchocka it will be held in Warsaw in September. Here she recounts...

Cardinal ‘O Malley on CIC Book VI amendments

Cardinal ‘O Malley on CIC Book VI amendments

The President of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has welcomed the Holy Father’s recent amendments to the Code of Canon Law.   On June 1st Pope Francis promulgated the apostolic constitution Pascite gregem Dei, “Shepherd God's flock.”...

Cardinal Parolin: reaffirmS the dignity of Our Smallest ones

Cardinal Parolin: reaffirmS the dignity of Our Smallest ones

The Vatican Secretary of State sent a message during the meeting promoted by our Safeguarding Partner Telefono Azzurro that focused on the theme “Dignity of children and adolescents at the time of Covid”. The Cardinal stressed the need for “a more incisive approach in the education of our younger generations.”

May 5: Fighting Child Abuse on and offline

May 5: Fighting Child Abuse on and offline

“Governments, the non-profit sector, institutions, academia and civil society should join efforts and commit to protecting the dignity of children and adolescents worldwide.”

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