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Ex-member corrects, challenges Vatican over sex abuse board

  • FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2016 file photo, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, attends a press conference illustrating new Catholic guidelines on burial and cremation, at the Vatican. In an open letter Tuesday, March 14, 2017, former member of Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory board Marie Collins pressed her case that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had ignored or scuttled proposals to protect children and care for abuse victims that had been approved by the pope.  (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, file)

    FILE - In this Oct. 25, 2016 file photo, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, attends a press conference illustrating new Catholic guidelines on burial and cremation, at the Vatican. In an open letter Tuesday, March 14, 2017, former member of Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory board Marie Collins pressed her case that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had ignored or scuttled proposals to protect children and care for abuse victims that had been approved by the pope. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino, file)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2012 file photo, Marie Collins, who was assaulted as a 13-year-old by a hospital chaplain in her native Ireland, attends a press conference at a Vatican-backed symposium on clerical sex abuse, in Rome. In an open letter Tuesday, March 14, 2017, former member of Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory board Collins pressed her case that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had ignored or scuttled proposals to protect children and care for abuse victims that had been approved by the pope.   (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)

    FILE - In this Feb. 7, 2012 file photo, Marie Collins, who was assaulted as a 13-year-old by a hospital chaplain in her native Ireland, attends a press conference at a Vatican-backed symposium on clerical sex abuse, in Rome. In an open letter Tuesday, March 14, 2017, former member of Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory board Collins pressed her case that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had ignored or scuttled proposals to protect children and care for abuse victims that had been approved by the pope. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, file)  (The Associated Press)

The clash between a former member of Pope Francis' sex abuse advisory board and the Vatican is heating up, as prominent Irish abuse survivor Marie Collins challenged a top Vatican cardinal over his claims that his office had cooperated with the commission.

In an open letter Tuesday, Collins pressed her case that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had ignored or scuttled proposals to protect children and care for abuse victims that had been approved by the pope.

Collins pointedly corrected Cardinal Gerhard Mueller's assertion that one of the congregation's staffers was a commission member, noting he had left in 2015.

In a blow to Francis' abuse record, Collins resigned March 1 citing the "unacceptable" lack of cooperation with Mueller's office, which processes cases against pedophile priests.