Pope Creates Tribunal for Bishop Negligence in Child Sexual Abuse Cases

Pope Creates Tribunal for Bishop Negligence in Child Sexual Abuse Cases

JUNE 10, 2015, NY Times

ROME — Roman Catholic bishops accused of covering up or failing to prevent the sexual abuse of children by priests will now be subject to judgment and discipline by a new Vatican tribunal, according to a plan approved on Wednesday by Pope Francis.

The decision is a measure that abuse victims have urged for years. The church has judicial procedures for judging priests accused of abuse, but until now bishops accused of negligence or cover-ups were almost never held accountable by the church itself.

The tribunal will also deal with the backlog of cases involving  . . .

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