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Tags: EU | REL | Vatican | Sex | Abuse

Vatican Law: Priests, Nuns Must Report Sex Abuse, Cover-up

Vatican Law: Priests, Nuns Must Report Sex Abuse, Cover-up

Thursday, 09 May 2019 06:39 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has issued a new law 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 groundbreaking new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect their flocks.

The church law published Thursday 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.

It's the latest effort by Francis to respond to the global eruption of the sex abuse and cover-up scandal that has devastated the credibility of the Catholic hierarchy and his own papacy.

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