When Francis set up the commission in December to look into how to protect minors and vulnerable adults in the Church, Collins was one of two abuse survivors to sit on the panel. German Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, the Church's top doctrinal watchdog who has since been ousted by Francis, argued that the tribunal would double up with already existing bodies. A trip to Chile in January was seen as a resounding failure after he defended a bishop accused of covering up the crimes of a paedophile priest. Saunders claimed Pell lacked compassion for abuse survivors, prompting Pell to threaten to sue. Francis was similarly lenient towards Don Mauro Inzoli, an Italian priest nicknamed "Don Mercedes" for his expensive tastes. The remarks in Chile highlighted concerns about the pope's commitment to combating sexual abuse by members of the Catholic clergy — an issue that has undermined the Church's moral authority in much of the world. The pope said when his envoys handed him the report, they were "overwhelmed with the sorrow of so many victims of grave abuses of conscience and power and, in particular, of sexual abuse committed by several consecrated persons against minors. But the issue of protecting today's children is urgent. He was ordered to cut contact with members of the society, and has been living in Rome. The announcement of the revival of the committee came just days after it was revealed that Francis held regular private meetings with people abused by members of the priesthood. But it caused offence to survivors of sexual abuse in the US. The statement did not address the fact that Pell is the most senior church figure ever to be charged with sexual abuse; or that Francis, who has said he has zero tolerance for abuse, has kept Pell in his inner circle despite years of questions about his behaviour. He was found to be a serial pedophile who sexually abused his seminarians , fathered three children and built a secretive, cult-like organization to hide his double life. The pope did however, oversee a change in Church law in allowing bishops to be dismissed in cases of "negligence" when reporting incidents of paedophilia. But the sex abuse scandals have haunted his papacy and last month the Vatican announced it was reviving its anti-paedophile panel. Another case casting a shadow over Francis' papacy is the Vatican's finance chief Cardinal George Pell, who is facing committal proceedings in Australia to determine whether he should stand trial on multiple historical sexual offence charges.