The Vatican, under the direct intervention of Pope Francis, has strengthened its guidance to bishops on how the Catholic Church should combat clerical abuse of minors and vulnerable adults. BLM's Head of Abuse & Neglect, Paula Jefferson outlines the changes in an article published in The Irish News.
"New guidelines from the Vatican advise that clerical sex abuse claims should be reported to the police and civil authorities...
"This is a clear shift in position as this guideline goes beyond the current Vatican policy, which only requires bishops and religious superiors to report allegations of clerical child sexual abuse to competent civil authorities where they are required to do so due to local laws."
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