Vatican to offer uniform guidelines on sex-abuse policy
CWN - May 11, 2011
The Vatican has prepared a set of guidelines for the handling of sex-abuse charges, which will be offered as a model for policies in every country and diocese.
The Vatican document, prepared by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, will be released to the public on Monday, May 16. It is being sent to all the world's bishops, and offered as a standard for the policies developed by episcopal conferences.
The Vatican policy will reportedly call for careful efforts to address the suffering of sex-abuse victims. It will encourage bishops to report any credible allegations to civil law-enforcement officials, but will not make that policy mandatory, because of concerns that such a policy could be exploited by officials in anti-Catholic regimes.
An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:
Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach five million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!
Progress toward our April expenses ($25,761 to go):
All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!