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The move is regarded as a breakthrough on clerical abuse because the new system gives power to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope gives Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith authority to hold bishops to account

Cardinal Pell has consulted lawyers over the allegations   (CNS)

Abuse survivor Peter Saunders strongly criticised the cardinal in an Australian television programme

Peter Saunders is one of 17 members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire)

Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors says it ‘has no jurisdiction to comment on individual cases or inquiries’

The row is, above all, a challenge for Pope Francis (CNS photo/Paul Haring

The dispute between two men with vitally important tasks at the Vatican is deeply troubling

Cardinal Pell, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy (Photo: CNS)

Spokesman for Vatican finance czar rejects ‘false and misleading claims’ in Australian news programme

Pope Francis talks to Cardinal Seán O'Malley as they arrive for a meeting at the Vatican in February (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

Advisers put episcopal accountability ‘on the table’ during latest meeting with Francis

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (AP/Gregorio Borgia)

Cardinal Gerhard Müller says bishops ‘have the obligation to prevent’ abuse

Cardinal O'Malley arrives for the press conference at the end of the meeting of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (AP)

Abuse survivors say they will leave commission if bishops are not held accountable

Pope Francis said there was 'no place in ministry' for the abuse of minors or vulnerbale adults (CNS)

Francis has written to bishops’ conferences and religious orders across the world

Pope Francis established the Commission for the Protection of Minors   last December (AP)

More appointments to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors expected shortly