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Monday, 06 June 2016 09:50

Pope issues motu proprio on removal of Bishops regarding sex abuse

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PopeFrancis150Pope Francis has issued a motu proprio establishing norms or causes to merit the removal of Bishops who fail to act on sex abuse, reports Vatican Radio.

In a new Apostolic Letter, issued motu proprio, Pope Francis has established new norms providing for the removal of Bishops (or those equivalent to them in Canon Law) from their offices in cases where they have “through negligence, committed or omitted acts that have caused grave harm to others, either with regard to physical persons, or with regard to the community itself.”

The Apostolic Letter “Come una madre amorevole” (As a Loving Mother) also clarifies that, with regard “to abuse of minors or vulnerable adults, it is sufficient that the lack of diligence be grave.”

Read the full report and download the full text of the Apostolic Letter from Radio Vaticana published on 4 June 2016.