Pope Implements New Rules About Reporting Sexual Abuse In Catholic Church
“This is a real groundbreaking new initiative.”
Pope Francis signed new rules for the Catholic Church, requiring priests and nuns to report sexual abuse to church authorities, reports Nicole Winfield, the Associated Press correspondent to the Vatican.
“This is a real groundbreaking new initiative,” she says. “This is a procedural law, it’s not adding new crimes into the cannon law. It is establishing procedures both of how sexual crimes should be reported within the church. And in the case of hierarchs –so cardinals, bishops, patriarchs– when they are accused of sexual crimes, or, of covering them up, how an investigation in them should proceed.”
What you’ll hear in this segment:
– Why victim and advocates are saying it’s not enough.
– Why there is no requirements for church officials to report to these crimes to the police.
– What are we likely to see when it comes to transparency with these church investigation.