Pope Holds Bishops Accountable for Sex Abuse Cases
Pope Frances published an apostolic letter June 4th regarding sexual abuse and the Catholic Church after nearly 15 years of abuse scandals and bishops transferring priests from parish to parish instead of reporting the crimes. The Pope clarified that one of the “serious reasons” for which a negligent bishop can be removed is failure to report cases of sexual abuse. He stated that the Vatican has the jurisdiction to remove bishops and will either encourage resignation or issue a decree of removal. He also established a panel of legal experts to advise him in cases of sexual abuse.
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