Documents published in Chile this week show that two of the country's most senior churchmen - including a member of Pope Francis' inner circle - succeeded in blocking one of their country's best known survivors of clerical abuse from being nominated to the Pope's child protection commission.

Juan Carlos Cruz had been nominated by the Irish survivor and advocate Marie Collins.

Ms Collins, who is a member of the Pope's child abuse commission, has said she was sickened by the revelation that the two Chilean cardinals concerned had interfered with the work of the commission.

She said she did not want to pre-empt the commission's discussion of the matter, adding that she personally was not surprised that fellow survivors are being treated behind the scenes as the enemy by senior clergy.

Listen to RTÉ Religious and Social Affairs Correspondent Joe Little explaining the background to the story on RTÉ Radio One’s This Week:

Church Abuse Controversy


Listen to Marie Collins' interview on This Week, reacting to the controversy:

Marie Collins Reaction