Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-06-01 07:57:15 –
Vatican City — Pope Francis has changed canon law to clearly criminalize sexual abuse of adults by authority-abusing priests.
He also said that ordinary people in church positions could be sanctioned for sexual abuse crimes.
After 14 years of research, a new provision released on Tuesday was included in the revised criminal law section of the Vatican’s Canon Law, an internal legal system covering 1.3 billion member Catholic churches.
The most important changes are aimed at addressing the major problems and shortcomings in the treatment of sexual abuse in the Church.
The law recognizes that adults can also be sacrificed by priests who abuse their authority, and the general public in church offices will be punished for abusing adults as well as minors. It states that there is a possibility.
The Vatican also officially criminalized “grooming” minors and vulnerable adults to force priests to engage in pornography. Associated PressThis is the first time the Vatican has officially admitted as a crime an act commonly used by sexual predators in the hope of building relationships with victims.
The new law also takes steps to prevent priests and bishops from concealing allegations of abuse, blaming them for “proper investigation of negligent priests and negligence in sanctions.” The Associated Press reports that it is trying to impose on.