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Vatican set to issue changes in sex abuse rules

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In the latest chapter of the Vatican’s attempt to come to grips with the sexual abuse crisis, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is expected to release a set of changes to the church’s rules for meting out ecclesiastical discipline against abuser priests sometime in the next few days.

Vatican sources caution, however, that the revisions are largely a matter of consolidating existing practice, rather than a dramatic new approach to how sex abuse cases are handled.

Sources also stress that the revisions affect only the internal ecclesiastical status of an accused priest. In a separate set of guidelines published in April, the Vatican said that civil law regarding reporting crimes of sexual abuse of a minor to the police and other authorities should always be followed.

set to issue changes in sex abuse rules | National Catholic Reporter

Author: Bill

Stumbling down the Middle Path, one day at a time.

One thought on “Vatican set to issue changes in sex abuse rules

  1. May I ask, Bill, why so many God posts on a Dharma blog?

    I ask because generally I enjoy your show.


    It is my flawed understanding that everything is dharma. I have been taught that Dharma has two principle meanings, the teachings of the Buddha which lead to enlightenment, and the experiences that we perceive in the world. I post about things that seem interesting, in the sense of metta, dukkha, or spiritual issues in general.

    In the case instant, surely child abuse and the issues that lead to it, along with the anguish of a congregation that discovers its shaman possesses feet of clay, qualify in both respects.

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