Explainer: How Vatican abuse trials work

Posted August 10, 2018 6:25 pm by Editor

Explainer: How Vatican abuse trials work

VATICAN – Any member of the clergy accused of the sexual abuse of a minor is tried according to procedures outlined in the Code of Canon Law and specific norms spelled out in “Sacramentorum Sanctitatis Tutela” (“Safeguarding the Sanctity of the Sacraments”).Normally those trials take place in the diocese where the crime occurred, but under the direction of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. However, when the accused is a bishop, it is up to the Pope to determine the way to proceed.When the Vatican press office announced July 28 that Pope Francis had accepted Cardinal Theodore E.

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