Pope mandates reporting of sex abuse to church, not police

Pope issues sweeping reforms to combat church-related sexual abuse & cover-ups

It was the farthest-reaching reaction to date from the Vatican as it tries to address the sexual abuse scandal, applying mandatory new procedures for all Catholic Church diocese across the globe on the reporting of alleged sexual abuse. "They are not above the law, and if they do wrong, they must be reported".

The pope mandated that victims reporting abuse must be welcomed, listened to and supported by the hierarchy, as well as offered spiritual, medical and psychological assistance.

In the "Motu Proprio", a legal document issued under the pope's personal authority, anyone who has knowledge of abuse, or suspects it, is "obliged to report (it) promptly" to the church, using "easily accessible systems".

"This new law leaves it up to the bishop to report it to civil authorities - he does not have to", Isely told The New York Times.

That was the message of Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, speaking with Vatican News.

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican.

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"The edict has three serious weaknesses", Anne Barrett Doyle, co-director of Bishopaccountability.org told Crux.

When he was elected in 2013, he called for "decisive action" on abuse but critics say he has not done enough to hold to account bishops who allegedly engaged in cover ups.

- Defines the sex crimes that must be reported as: Performing sexual acts with a minor or vulnerable person; forcing someone by "violence, threat or through abuse of authority, to perform or submit to sexual acts;" production, exhibition, possession or distribution of child pornography, as well as inducing minor or vulnerable person to participate in exhibiting porn. Cover-up is defined as "actions or omissions meant to interfere with or avoid" civil or canonical investigations.

Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna, the Vatican's top sexual crimes investigator, told reporters the objective of that section was to mandate priests and nuns to report abuse within the church even in countries - including several in Latin America - where they are not obliged by civil law to do so. And in a novelty, the law requires that if victims request it, they must be told of the outcome of the investigation - again a response to complaints that victims are kept in the dark about how their claims were handled. The metropolitan bishop then has an initial 90 days to conduct the investigation, though extensions are possible.

"I think it would have been a lot stronger approach if they were to make it mandatory to report to law enforcement here in the United States", said Lackawanna County District Attorney Mark Powell.

After Bishop Robert Finn, the formerly the head of a Kansas City diocese, was convicted of failing to report child abuse in 2012, advocates for abuse survivors were angered that the Vatican allowed him to quietly resign rather than publicly sanctioning him.

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