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Vatican Makes Clear Bishops Must Report Sex Abuse

Monday, 12 Apr 2010 10:46 AM

The Vatican has made it clear for the first time that bishops and other high-ranking clergy should report clerical sex abuse to police.

The Vatican has insisted that this has long been the Catholic Church's policy. But in a new guide for lay readers posted Monday on its Web site, it made public for the first time an explicit policy of reporting abuse to law enforcement.

The guidelines read: "Civil law concerning reporting of crimes to the appropriate authorities should always be followed."

That phrase was not included in a draft of the guidelines The Associated Press obtained Friday. The rest of the guidelines follow previously known and public procedures for handling canonical investigations and trials of suspected abuse.

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The Vatican has made it clear for the first time that bishops and other high-ranking clergy should report clerical sex abuse to police.The Vatican has insisted that this has long been the Catholic Church's policy. But in a new guide for lay readers posted Monday on its Web...
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