Pope Francis has passed a new measure to oblige those who are aware of sexual related abuses in the Catholic Church to report them to their superiors.
Head of the Catholic Church and sovereign of the Vatican City State Pope Francis on 9th of May passed a new measure to oblige those who are aware of sexual related abuses in the Catholic Church to report them to their superiors.
According to the new church law published by the Vatican, every diocese across the globe will now be obliged to have a system for the reporting of abuse,
The requirements however are not applicable to secrets revealed to priests in the confessional.
What Made Pope Change Church Law?
The changes in church law came after a global clerical paedophilia scandal.
Pope Francis in the text of the legal decree said it is time to learn from the bitter lessons of the past.
The Motu Proprio, a legal document issued under the pope’s personal authority, states that anyone who has knowledge of abuse or suspects it, is “obliged to report it promptly” to the Church, using easily reachable systems.