VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to church authorities, in an important new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect their flocks. The new church law provides whistle-blower protections for anyone making a report and requires all dioceses around the world to have a system in place to receive the claims confidentially. And it outlines procedures for conducting preliminary investigations when the accused is a bishop, cardinal or religious superior.
These are external links and will open in a new window. Pope Francis has made it mandatory for Roman Catholic clergy to report cases of clerical sexual abuse and cover-ups to the Church. In an Apostolic letter, which is set to become Church law, he makes clear that any sexual advance involving the use of power will now be considered abusive.
Philip F. Lawler has been a Catholic journalist for decades, and Catholic World Newswhich he founded inwas the first English-language Catholic news service operating on the Internet. Olson, about covering this and related topics before they hit the mainstream media inand about what the latest round of scandals mean for the Church in the United States and beyond.
The good news is, most of it did turn out to be complete BS. The bad news is, people are still learning it. The issue largely stems from the fact that many people are getting their sex education either from porn or from other people who have gotten their sex ed from porn.
VATICAN CITY AP — Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking new church law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-ups by their superiors to church authorities, in a new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect their flocks. The law provides whistleblower protections for anyone making a report and requires all dioceses to have a system in place to receive the claims confidentially. And it outlines internal procedures for conducting preliminary investigations when the accused is a bishop, cardinal or religious superior.
Jump to navigation. This shocking new development comes after new guidelines by the World Health Organisation, which are set to be announced soon. Until now, not having an active sexual life or infertility was never considered a disability, but with this new move, all this is set to be changed.
They are supposedly too rigid, too full of guilt, too pro-natal, too dismissive of pleasure, and generally understood to be the source of most of our modern sexual hang-ups. But Augustine was a man who knew sex. He engaged in lots of it for over a decade before renouncing it.
ROME — Pope Francis on Thursday issued the first law obligating officials in the Roman Catholic Church worldwide to report cases of clergy sexual abuse — and attempts to cover it up — to their superiors. Vatican officials said the pope was trying to enshrine accountability for bishops into church law. Until now, responses to accusations of sexual abuse have differed widely from country to country, and even from diocese to diocese.
An Alabama man accused of faking his death and fleeing to Thailand to avoid a trial on child sex charges has pleaded guilty to social security fraud and aggravated identity theft. News outlets report year-old Jackson Matthew Hall entered the plea Friday. Authorities believed the items were staged. The next day, the stolen identity was used to fly through Chicago to Canada and Japan.