Vatican issues new guide for sex abuse cases

Manual for bishops from Congregation for Doctrine of Faith

(ANSA) - VATICAN CITY, JUL 16 - The Vatican on Thursday issued a new guide to help bishops handle cases of clerical sex abuse of minors.
    The guide as issued by the Vatican office that deals with predator priest cases, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, formerly the Holy Inquisition.
    The 'vademecum' lays down the procedures to be followed over allegations of clerical sex abuse of minors.
    "The desire is that this instrument may help dioceses, institutions of consecrated life and the societies of apostolic life, the episcopal conferences and the various ecclesiastical regions to better understand and enact the demands for justice of a grave sin (delictum gravius) that constitutes, for the whole Church, a deep and painful wound that demans to be healed".
    Pope Francis has repeatedly vowed a zero tolerance approach to the issue of priestly child sexual abuse.
    Some victims' groups say he has not done enough. (ANSA).


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