Vatican City – Pope Francis on Saturday held the responsibility of covering up cases of sexual abuse to the Catholic hierarchy, expanding norms to cover Catholic leaders in general and victims of abuse when vulnerable adults also disagree. Updated the 2019 Canon Law intended to reaffirm that it is possible to
Francis reaffirmed and made permanent the temporary provisions of the 2019 law passed at a moment of crisis for the Vatican and the Catholic hierarchy. Although the law was lauded at the time for putting in place precise mechanisms to investigate complicit bishops and religious superiors, its implementation has been spotty, and the Vatican continues to lack transparency into the case. It has been criticized by survivors of abuse for
The new Code complies with other changes in the treatment of abuse in the Catholic Church issued since then. It has been expanded to cover leaders. This is in response to the many cases that have come to light in recent years of laity leaders abusing their authority to sexually exploit people under their authority for spiritual care.
The new canon also reaffirmed that even adults can fall victim to predatory priests such as nuns and seminarians who are dependent on their bishops and superiors. I thought that only adults who “habitually” lacked the use of reason were considered victims along with minors.
The new law makes it clear that adults can be vulnerable to abuse, even occasionally, when circumstances present themselves. Given , it is important that the definition remains in the text.
A vulnerable person is “a person who is in a state of infirmity, physical or mental deficiency, or deprivation of personal liberty, and in fact, even occasionally, comprehends, desires, or resists crime.” It limits our ability,” he said.
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