Pentecost (today) is the last day of our Spring Campaign. Please be generous.
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Revised Vatican norms will cover abuse of mentally impaired adults

Catholic World News - July 08, 2010

New Vatican norms for the handling of sex-abuse complaints will treat abuse of mentally incompetent adults as equally serious as abuse of children, the AP reports.

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) is expected to release new canonical rules governing its handling of sex-abuse complaints against Catholic priests. The news—which will reportedly extend the statute of limitations for such cases, and include the use of child pornography as a “grave offense”— will codify in canon law policies that the CDF has already adopted in handling sex-abuse complaints. These policies were approved by Pope John Paul II as exceptions to the ordinary provisions of canon law; they will now become part of that law.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

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 seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

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!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: - Jul. 08, 2010 11:40 PM ET USA

    The issue of 'mentally impaired' adults came to a head about 10 years ago when it came to light that the jesuit center at Los altos had employed a couple of mentally impaired adult men to serve as potscrubbers and as homosexual concubines for the resident retired priests. Too little has come to light about this.

Matching Campaign
Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

Urgent! We need extra financial support between now and May 24th. May 22
What's wrong with these pictures? May 22
What can we learn from the dignity of military services? May 22
Was Lewis “basically Catholic”? May 21
Reading The Diary of a Country Priest: Scandal May 20

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days