Pope Benedict orders action on sex abuse

Pope Benedict has told bishops around the world to promptly report all suspected cases of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests to local police in new guidelines he has issued.

Set out in a letter, the guidelines are the latest effort to eradicate child sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church.

It incorporates sweeping revisions made last year to the Church’s laws on sexual abuse.

But victims’ groups are critical of the move, saying it does not go far enough.

The letter is intended to help every diocese draw up its own guidelines, based on a global approach, but in line with local criminal law. These must be sent to the Vatican for review within a year.

“Sex abuse of minors is not just a canonical delict [crime], but also a crime prosecuted by civil law”, the letter said, stressing that local civil law “should always be followed”.

The new guidelines say bishops should seek to protect minors and help victims of paedophile priests find assistance and reconciliation.

Read more:


2 replies

  1. When speaking of ‘sex abuse’ in the church the topic of ‘celibacy of priests’ should always be included in the discussions. And if that is not sufficient, why not ‘polygamy’ as well?

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.