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New York Times blasts new Vatican document on abuse

Catholic World News - May 19, 2011

The New York Times offered strong criticism of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s new circular letter on the sexual abuse of minors.

“The Vatican’s long overdue guidelines for fighting sexual abuse of children are, unfortunately, just that--flimsy guidelines for a global problem that requires an unequivocal mandate for church officials to work with secular authorities in prosecuting rogue priests,” the Times stated in an editorial.

“Instead, the Vatican has issued nonbinding guidance that punts the scandal back to the authority of local bishops, who still will not face firm oversight or punishment for cover-ups that recycled hundreds of abusive priests … No dramatic dismissal was ordered for bishops well documented to have overseen hush payments to victims and relocation of abusive priests”

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