S+L logo

New norms cover clerical abuse and Sacraments

July 16, 2010
As you've probably read in the last 24 hours, the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith has released new norms concerning serious crimes -- which covers such topics as clerical abuse, pornography, discipline, and the Sacraments of Penance, the Eucharist and Holy Orders.
Holy See Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, offered an explanatory note on the new norms:
NORMS-ABUSEIn 2001 the Holy Father John Paul II promulgated a very important document, the Motu Proprio "Sacramentorum sanctitatis tutela", which gave the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith responsibility to deal with and judge a series of particularly serious crimes within the ambit of canon law. This responsibility had previously been attributed also to other dicasteries, or was not completely clear.
Continue reading
For more information on the modifications made in the Normae de gravioribus delictis, including an introduction by the prefect of the congregation, Cardinal Levada, and the actual norms, visit the Vatican website HERE.
You can find similar resources on the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishop's website HERE too.
Catholic News Service's Rome bureau offers this report on the modifications as well:
Vatican says new norms will strengthen efforts against abusive priests
By John Thavis
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican has revised its procedures for handling priestly sex abuse cases, streamlining disciplinary measures, extending the statute of limitations and defining child pornography as an act of sexual abuse of a minor.
Vatican officials said the changes allow the church to deal with such abuse more rapidly and effectively, often through dismissal of the offending cleric from the priesthood.
Continue reading
-
CNS photo/Paul Haring
Related posts
How comfortable are you around people with disabilities? This week Orthopaedic Surgeon, Dr. Joseph Dutkowsky talks to us about his lifelong passion and his book, Perfectly Human; Gillian Kantor learns ...read more
Hear From Christian Celebrities on the New Show: <br> "Walk in Faith"
FacebookTwitter
We might know their names from film, TV, or the world of sports.  But do we really know who celebrities are as people? Do we know what motivates them, what speaks to their hearts, and how faith inf ...read more
Yesterday on Parliament Hill, the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops addressed the Canadian media to provide clarity on the Pope’s response to the residential schools' issue and to address the ...read more
Tom Evans, the father of the seriously ill child Alfie Evans, met with the Pope pleading for "asylum" so that his son, who has a rare brain disease, may receive care in Italy, and not be euthanized in ...read more
Cardinal Wuerl Talks with Students from the University of America & Reflects on the Challenges of Racism in Society
FacebookTwitter
Learn more about Cardinal Wuerl's talk with College Students at The Catholic University of America, where he reflects on the Challenges of Racism in Society today. April 18. 2018. ...read more