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The concern expressed by Marie Collins (The Tablet, 14 December) that any Vatican commission on child protection must have the powers to make bishops accountable, may seem laudable in view of the history of inaction, obfuscation and pusillanimity exercised by too many bishops, and others in authority within the Church, until comparatively recently, yet caution needs to be exercised.
What will be the relationship of this commission to canon law? If it has the power to make bishops accountable, then to whom or what is it accountable itself? There exists the danger of creating something akin to a quango over which the bishops may have little or no power, and if it exceeded its remit, who would correct it?
Fr Julian G Shurgold, Sutton, Surrey