Pope Francis to create child abuse tribunal

Malta Today
June 10, 2015

The Vatican has said that it will create a tribunal to hear cases of bishops accused of covering up child abuse by paedophile priests.

The move marks the biggest step yet the Vatican has taken to hold bishops accountable. No bishop has ever been forcibly removed for covering up for guilty clergy, although in April, Francis accepted the resignation of an American bishop who had been convicted of failing to report a suspected child abuser.

The Vatican said Wednesday that Pope Francis had approved proposals made by his sexual abuse advisory board.

They create a mechanism by which the Vatican can examine complaints of abuse of office by bishops and adjudicate them. It calls for the creation of a special judicial section inside the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.


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