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Vatican prosecutor repeats: hold bishops accountable on abuse

February 13, 2012

Speaking after an international conference on the Church’s response to sexual abuse, the Vatican’s chief prosecutor stressed that bishops must be held accountable for their reaction to complaints. “It would be truly going against the nature of a shepherd and a steward if he allows his flock to be harmed and innocence to be betrayed in this way,” said Msgr. Charles Scicluna of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. “There are sanctions for those who refuse to be true stewards, and the Holy See has the duty and the jurisdiction to act in defense of the People of God, and the People of God have the right to bring their concerns to the Holy See.”


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