Italian bishops 'not legally obliged' to report pedophilia
But have 'moral duty to contribute to common good', says CEI28 March, 14:14
They added that bishops must take "special care" in selecting candidates for the priesthood.
They also stressed the importance of "rigorous attention to exchanges of information about candidates to the priesthood who move from one seminary to another". The Church's image has been tainted by child-sex-abuse scandals in many parts of the world, including Italy, in recent years.
Pope Francis has taken several steps to repair some of the damage, including the nomination of a new anti-abuse commission this month.