by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D. • ChurchMilitant.com • May 9, 2019
VATICAN CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) - The pope's new motu proprio on sex abuse allows the bishops to investigate themselves, cutting laity out of any investigation and failing to direct clergy to report abuse to secular authorities.
Published Thursday, 'Vos Estis Lux Mundi,' places the metropolitan archbishop in charge of any investigation into allegations of abuse by brother bishops. The metropolitan's power is near-total. [Read full article here]
9 May, 2019 (St. Mark the Evangelist) - What more evidence does one need to prove that the Vatican - including the Pope - have absolutely no intention in trying to resolve the sex abuse crisis in the Church. These norms just prove that the Vatican is endeavouring to be as clericalist as possible: keep the abuse crisis within the confines of the Church, and don't, on any account, allow the lay-faithful or civil authorities to be involved! As we have been used to over the years, it is just Business As Usual for the Vatican.