British member of Vatican sexual abuse commission leaves
Pope Francis reacts as he conducts his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's square at the Vatican, February 1 2015. REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

VATICAN CITY:  Peter Saunders, a British member of a Vatican advisory commission on sexual abuse who has been among the most outspokenly critical of the Vatican, has left the group, the Vatican said on Saturday.

A Vatican statement said that at a commission meeting “it was decided” that Saunders would take a leave of absence. Saunders, himself a victim of sexual abuse by a priest, did not immediately reply to a telephone message requesting a comment on the circumstances of his departure.

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