Correction March 29, A previous version of this story incorrectly gave Archbishop Charles Scicluna's last name as Sciculuna. Accessibility links Skip to main content Keyboard shortcuts for audio player. But critics say it doesn't go far enough.
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The new law was issued on Francis' 83rd birthday as he struggles to respond to the global explosion of the abuse scandal, his own missteps and demands for greater accountability from victims, law enforcement and Catholics.
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Before this week, the Roman Catholic Church had no global policy requiring priests and bishops to report and investigate allegations of sexual abuse. Manhunt for lone suspect in UK stabbings after 1 killed, 7 injured in Birmingham.
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Barrett Doyle and other victim advocates, while praising the change, said it did not address many of the other issues they have raised, like the fact that the church has not adopted a policy of defrocking any priest who has abused a child.
Weeks after that meeting, the pope issued a new canon law, requiring for the first time that church officials report abuse charges to Vatican prosecutors. Related Topics. Australian cardinal George Pell, one of the most powerful figures in the Vatican , has confirmed that he was questioned in Rome last week by Australian police in relation to sex abuse allegations.
Victoria Police has confirmed it has been investigating a number of complaints for more than a year, but has not sought to interview the Cardinal, who currently serves as the Vatican's treasurer, reporting directly to the Pope.