Friday, 16 July 2010

Serious Crimes in the Church: the new rules

The Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith have finally published new norms to deal with serious crimes including child abuse, crimes against the sacraments, heresy, apostasy and schism. 

The media focus will naturally be on the child abuse provisions.  But it is surely significant that the prospect of prompt and serious action for other important crimes is finally being put back on the table.

The Vatican press release provides some commentary on the decree.  There is also a useful commentary on it by Fr Z.

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