16 May '11, 2pm

Vatican issues new anti-paedophilia guidelines

Vatican issues new anti-paedophilia guidelines

VATICAN CITY : Priests suspected of child abuse sex crimes should be turned over to the authorities and face legal action, the Vatican said Monday in a letter to bishops on anti-paedophilia guidelines. The letter laid out provisional procedures for sex abuse crimes committed by priests and gave bishops a year to deliberate the proposals in the wake of a scandal that has spread across the globe and struck the Catholic Church to its core. "Sex abuse of minors is not just a canonical delict but also a crime prosecuted by civil law... (and) the prescriptions of civil law regarding the reporting of such crimes to the designated authority should always be followed," it said. "The guidelines... seek to protect minors and to help victims in finding assistance and reconciliation," the letter said, adding that it was up to bishops to notify the authorities in the case of a suspected...

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