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Charles J. Scicluna, Archbishop of Malta and Vatican Official
- Witness Interview


Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - Charles Scicluna is a 59-year-old Canadian-born Maltese prelate who has conducted investigations into sexual abuse by clergy. He was born on May 15, 1959 in Toronto and his family moved to Qormi in Malta when he was 11 months old. After secondary school, he studied at the Major Seminary in Malta. He earned a degree in Civil Law from the University of Malta in 1984 and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Malta July 11, 1986. In 1991 he also obtained a doctorate in canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. From 1990 to 1995, he was defender of the bond and promoter of justice at Metropolitan Court of Malta, Professor of Pastoral Theology and Canon Law at the Faculty of Theology and Vice-Rector of the Major Seminary of the Archdiocese.

In 1995 he began his 17-year Vatican career, first as Deputy Promoter of Justice at the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura (Supreme Court of the Church) and then beginning in 2002 as Promoter of Justice in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith under Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. He also taught as in the Faculty of Law at the Pontifical Gregorian University. As Promoter of Justice, he was credited with constructing the 2010 universal norms that extended the Church's statutes of limitations on reporting cases of sexual abuse and expanded the category of ecclesial crimes to include sexual misconduct with a disabled adult and possession of child pornography. In 2015, Archbishop Scicluna was appointed as President of the canonical team (the College for Recourses) dealing with appeals filed by clergy accused of abuse. In November 2018, Pope Francis appointed Archbishop Charles Scicluna as Adjunct Secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. This is the joint number two position in the C.D.F., a senior role that he shares with the Italian archbishop Giacomo Morandi under the prefect of that congregation, the Spanish born Jesuit, Cardinal Luis Ladaria Ferrer.

Over the past years, Archbishop Scicluna has become the face of the Roman Catholic Church in the fight to eliminate the sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults by clergy and its cover-up by bishops and heads of religious orders. He enjoys enormous credibility among both survivors and bishops worldwide for his work in this very important and critical field.

This wide-ranging interview took place at the Venerable English College in Rome on February 18, 2019.