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Catholic Church must name abusive priests, critic insists

In self esteem on 19. July 2010 at 04:42

New Vatican new rules aimed at stopping the abuse of children by priests do not go far enough, child-safety campaigners said Thursday.

“The pope had a chance to do something really decisive that would affect the situation worldwide,” said Anne Barrett Doyle, but instead issued rules that are the equivalent of “bringing a child’s sand shovel to an avalanche.”

The new regulations give the pope the authority to defrock a priest without a formal Vatican trial, or to hand out other punishments.

They also make it a crime for a priest to download child pornography, and declare the abuse of mentally handicapped people to be as bad as child abuse.

via Catholic Church must name abusive priests, critic insists – This Just In – CNN.com Blogs.

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