Pope Francis gives nod for tribunal to hear bishop child abuse cases

Zee News (India)
June 10, 2015

Vatican City: In a historic decision, Pope Francis on Wednesday gave the approval for setting up a tribunal where cases related to bishops, accused of covering up child abuse by priests, will be heard.

The decision was taken by the Pope after the recommendations made by his sexual abuse advisory board.

Barring the sole incident earlier this year in which a US bishop resigned after being convicted of failing to report a suspected child abuser, no other case is known in which a bishop has been removed for covering up a child abuse case, as per a news agency report.

Shortly after the announcement, the Vatican stated that the tribunal will examine the complaints of abuse of office by bishops and take a decision in the matter.


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