Skip to comments.Vatican Tells New Bishops They Don’t Have to Report Sexual Abuse to Police
Posted on 02/11/2016 11:21:34 AM PST by Impala64ssa
Updated | The Vatican has told new Catholic bishops that they have no obligation to report clerical child abuse, according to reports.
During a presentation for newly appointed bishops, French Monsignor Tony Anatrella said they don't have a duty to report abuse because it should be the responsibility of victims and their families to go to the police. The comments were first reported by John L. Allen at the Catholic news site Cruxnow.com earlier this week.
Anatrella, a psychtherapist and consultant to the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, is known for his controversial views on homosexuality, including that the acceptance of homosexuality in the West is creating âserious problemsâ for children. He also helped to write a training document for newly appointed bishops that further spells out the church's stance on clerical sexual abuse.
"According to the state of civil laws of each country where reporting is obligatory, it is not necessarily the duty of the bishop to report suspects to authorities, the police or state prosecutors in the moment when they are made aware of crimes or sinful deeds," the training document, which was released by the Vatican earlier this month, reads. The document says bishops are required only to report the suspected abuse internally.
When reached for comment, a Vatican receptionist told Newsweek that Thursday is a holiday, so no one in the Vatican press office would be readily available. Newsweek also left a voicemail message at the Vatican's Permanent Mission to the United Nations and emailed every person listed as the Missionâs permanent staff to seek confirmation and clarification of the comments, but has not yet received a response.
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If you see or know of a crime, of course you should report it.
Just tell em’ it’s part of your culture....works for muzzies....
This is so anal. These bishops force all lay staff to go through all sorts or ‘safe environment’ crap including 100% background checks and fingerprinting, etc. And they can non-report the religious for the same offenses.
Hell has frozen over I presume.
Directly conflicts with the law in my state.
The Vatican, was mis translated
There’s a place in hell for these people.
Meet the new Pope.
Same as the twentieth century Popes.
I really hope you’re right.
I was being sarcastic that’s what, the apologists always say when the Pope, says or does something stupid.
Something tells me this has either been misconstrued or is being misreported by the liberal media. Time will tell.
Satan has infiltrated and is running the Vatican. There can be no doubt.
If true, this goes way beyond stupid and into evil territory.
That seems to happen daily.
New Pope—same old pedophilia.
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