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Tue Aug 28, 2018, 02:10 PM

Why it's so hard to hold priests accountable for sex abuse [View all]

From the article:

Escaping accountability
The 1983 revision put forward by Pope John Paul II to the entire code made it impossible for bishops to dismiss priests. Authority for doing so became centralized in the Vatican.....


The 1983 code also reduced the maximum time within which proceedings could be initiated against priests having sex with a child to five years.
With victims often, understandably, not coming forward for years, that meant many priests escaped internal punishment by the Vatican.
Canonical trials also require the cooperation of the victim as a witness and are another obstacle to holding priests accountable. The code has encouraged the very inaction by bishops that the pope condemns.....

Since 2001, in a further centralizing move, the Vatican has required that bishops send all cases of substantiated allegations of child sex abuse to its Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is located at the Vatican, and is usually headed by a powerful Cardinal.


To read more of a somewhat long article:

https://religionnews.com/2018/08/27/why-its-so-hard-to-hold-priests-accountable-for-sex-abuse/

Centralizing of power and authority seems to be the key issue, as well as a refusal to mandate cooperation with civil authorities.

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