Rorate Caeli

Circular Letter of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
to Episcopal Conferences on guidelines for abuse cases

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Luka said...

Where is the Latin text?

Athelstane said...

The approach outlined here seems to put responsibility squarely in the laps of bishops - the same ones responsible for so much of this crisis.

Rome has to be willing to alter the rules to intervene and sack where necessary more easily - and make use of the power. Otherwise the cries for lay oversight will only grow.

John L said...

How about bringing back Canon 2359§2 of the 1917 Code of Canon Law, which stated:

'If they engage in a delict against the sixth precept of the Decalogue with a minor below the age of sixteen, or engage in adultery, debauchery, bestiality, sodomy, pandering, incest with blood-relatives or affines in the first degree, they are suspended, declared infamous, and are deprived of any office, benefice, dignity, responsibility, if they have such, whatsoever, and in more serious cases they are to be deposed.'

This actually requires specific serious penalties to be inflicted on those who commit these crimes - unlike the 1983 code.