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Public face of Pope Francis' efforts to root out child sex abuse in the Catholic Church resigns
The public face of Pope Francis' efforts to root out child sex abuse in the Catholic Church has quit his position after growing "increasingly concerned" over how the papal advisory body works, Agence France Presse reported.
Hans Zollner's resignation from the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors comes as the agency continued to be dogged by controversy.
“The protection of children and vulnerable persons must be at the heart of the Catholic Church’s mission,” he wrote in a statement. “Over the last few years, I have grown increasingly concerned with how the commission, in my perception, has gone about achieving that goal, particularly in the areas of responsibility, compliance, accountability and transparency.”
Contradicting Zollner's statement, Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors head Cardinal Sean O’Malley claimed that Zollner resigned because of his busy workload.
"Zollner was the last remaining founding member of the group, which was set up by Pope Francis in 2014 as he strove to rid the Catholic Church of the scourge of sex abuse by clerics," AFP's report states. "Problems emerged as early as 2017, when abuse survivor Marie Collins resigned as a member of the commission, saying the body was under-resourced and faced fierce resistance within high echelons of the church. Fellow commission member and survivor Peter Saunders also quit later that year."
Watch: Tense moment unfolds as Dem clashes with Marjorie Taylor Greene over Nashville school shooting
A Florida congressman on Wednesday assailed Republicans who oppose gun safety laws in the aftermath of a school shooting in Nashville earlier this week that killed six people including three children.
Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-FL) noted that the Nashville shooting suspect used an AR-15, the assault rifle of choice for most mass shooters that was banned from 1994 to 2004.
Moskowitz made his comments during a Committee on Oversight and Accountability meeting on crime in Washington D.C.
“There are six people that are dead in that school including three children because you guys got rid of the assault weapons ban,” Moskowitz said during an exchange with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA).
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“Because you guys made it easy for people who don't deserve to have weapons, who are mentally incapable of having weapons of war, being able to buy those weapons and go into schools.”
Before the exchange with Greene, Moskowitz said it was absurd to focus on relatively minor crimes such as public urination and car theft amid an ongoing mass shooting epidemic that nation is now experiencing.
“You guys want to talk about DC public schools and crime? I don't I don't want to burst your bubble over there, but mass murder in schools is crime,” Moskowitz said.
“You want to talk about 1,300 cars being stolen, 550 people have been murdered in school. Who cares about the cars? What about the kids?”
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"No hearing for them. 330,000 kids have experienced gun violence in this country. The number one killer of school aged children in this country. Gun violence. How do you think for the parents who have had to bury their kids who have had to decide what to put their kids clothes, but their kids when they buried them? Or kind of box they have to pick out for their child or for when they come home?"
The exchange with Greene began after Moskowitz asked rhetorically whether anyone in the committee disagreed with his assertion that “murder in schools is murder.”
“I'll yield to anyone on this committee who disagrees that murder in schools is not murder,” he said.
“Is there any question?”
The far-right congresswoman from Georgia did not dispute Moskowitz’s characterization of school shootings being murderous, but instead cited her own lived experience and blamed the horrific incidents on gun laws.
“I was an 11th grade and Joe Biden made our school gun free school zones,” Greene said. “One of the students in my school brought three guns to school and our entire school went on lockdown, because he was the only person with a gun.
“There was no good guy with a gun to protect us kids at school.”
Greene cited police who fatally shot the suspect in Monday’s shooting as an example of a “good guy with a gun” saving lives.
“So, if you want to have a good talk about schools, and protecting children, we need to talk about protecting our children the same way we protect our president, the way we protect our celebrities,” Greene said.
Moskowitz disputed the notion that an armed presence offers much deterrence, noting that in the aftermath of the 2018 Parkland, Florida shooting, he supported School Resource Officers at every school.
“Did the good guys with the guns stop six people from getting murdered? No. But you know what? AR 15’s, have you ever seen what those bullets do to children? You know why you don't hunt with an AR 15 with a deer, because there's nothing left. And there's nothing left as these kids when people go into school and murder them while they're trying to read.
“You guys are worried about banning books – dead kids can't read.”
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\u201c\u201cYou guys are worried about banning books \u2014 dead kids can\u2019t read.\u201d\n\n\u2014 Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-FL) hits back at Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) over gun safety following the Nashville school mass shooting\u201d— The Recount (@The Recount) 1680111996
Lauren Boebert lashes out at gun bans: 'We're not a democracy so quit with that!'
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) argued that the United States is "not a democracy" in response to teachers union president Randi Weingarten's call to enact gun bans similar to ones in Australia and New Zealand.
At an American Federation of Teachers (AFT) meeting Tuesday morning, Weingarten had addressed the Nashville school shooting by calling for a reaction similar to "other great democracies."
"How many lives will be shattered before we have the courage to do what Scotland did, what Australia did, what New Zealand did, what other great democracies do? We must solve this epidemic, and that's up to us," she said.
Boebert spoke about Weingarten's remarks after right-wing host Charlie Kirk speculated that the teachers union president wanted to repeal the Second Amendment.
"And, you know, maybe one of the things that we need to address with the Democrat party is, you played a clip from the teachers union with Randi there talking," Boebert said. "Maybe one thing we need to address is we're not a democracy! So quit with that!"
"Maybe that's where you're getting it wrong," she added. "It's saying that we are a democracy. We are a constitutional republic."
Boebert demanded schools retool their curriculum to fit her civics lesson.
"And that is something that needs to be taught in our schools, not this woke critical race theory on how to hate our country and hate your fellow classmates and community members because of the color of their skin," she opined. "Maybe teach a little honor and respect for our history and the correct history, rather than all this woke nonsense that produces the Ilhan Omars of the world."
According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the United States is considered a "representative democracy."
"This means that our government is elected by citizens," one USCIS lesson explains. "Here, citizens vote for their government officials. These officials represent the citizens' ideas and concerns in government."
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