Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at the Faculty of Canon Law at the Pontifical Urban University. Prof. Papale is one of the founding members of the Commission, with extensive experience in the canonical prosecution of offenses against minors as an official of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. He is a civil lawyer admitted to the Bar of the Court of Rome and has taught in the Facoltà di giurisprudenza dell'Università di Valencia. Prof Papale is married and lives in Rome.
In May 2016, the Holy Father granted his request to be relieved of the duties of active Commission members so that he might focus on his many other responsibilities and commitments within the Holy See.