Thursday, July 15, 2010

Vatican rules make it easier to go after abusive priests

The Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has revised its procedures for handling priestly sex abuse cases in a set of new norms concerning the most serious crimes. The Vatican website provides an extensive number of resources on the new norms here. Rome says the norms will give strength to efforts to deal with abusive priests, allowing it to deal with abuse cases more rapidly and effectively, including by removing the offending cleric from the priesthood. Vatican journalist John Allen reviews the norms here.

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