Marc Ouellet

Pope Francis issues groundbreaking law requiring all Catholic priests and nuns to report sex abuse, cover-up

Pope Francis issues groundbreaking law requiring all Catholic priests and nuns to report sex abuse, cover-up

Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to church authorities, in an important new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect their flocks.

The new church law provides whistle-blower protections for anyone making a report and requires all dioceses around the world to have a system in place to receive the claims confidentially. And it outlines procedures for conducting preliminary investigations when the accused is a bishop, cardinal or religious superior.

It's the latest effort by Francis to respond to the global...

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