The Vatican’s sex abuse expert has received a new role - Archbishop Charles Scicluna has been named as a deputy or adjunct secretary at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. It is this office that processes sexual abuse claims internationally.
Pope Francis made the announcement on November 13th and it comes at a time when the Catholic Church is reeling from multiple sexual abuse allegations globally.
Scicluna was the congregation's chief prosecutor for a decade. He is credited with pushing through measures making it easier to defrock paedophiles. But under Pope Benedict XVI he was sent to his native Malta in 2012 as a bishop after his tough line ruffled too many feathers in the Vatican.
Scicluna's appointment carries two important points. Firstly, it is symbolically significant for the church. Secondly, it will give him greater say in the day-to-day running of the congregation.
The crisis facing the Catholic Church is particularly acute within the United States, where prosecutors in more than a dozen states have announced investigations into abuse. According to AP, there are also investigations taking place into claims of various cover-ups to protect accused priests.