Pope Francis Moves Ahead With New Law On Sex Abuse Reporting

  • In 2019, Pope Francis issued the first edition of “Vos estis lux mundi,” meant to be an “experimental” set of legal guidelines for reporting sex abuse cases in the Catholic Church, to include reporting bishops.
  • Abuse victims commented, even then, that the guidelines weren’t going “far enough,” calling for “zero tolerance” against clergy accused. 
  • After the Pope held a four-day summit on sex abuse later in 2019, victims complained little had been accomplished, and that practical applications of the “vos estis” reporting failed to cover groups defined as “vulnerable adults.”
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