Papal commission on sex abuse targets bishops, seeks to convince skeptics

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Peter Saunders of Great Britain is a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Saunders, who was abused by priests as a boy, spoke at a Feb. 7 news conference at the Vatican on Pope Francis' efforts to hold bishops accountable for abusers.

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VATICAN CITY (RNS) Members will give Pope Francis recommendations on how to punish bishops who shield priests suspected of misconduct, one of several moves that are encouraging the two victims on the panel. But they also chided Francis for endorsing spanking.