Pope Francis has issued a new law which requires all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-ups by their superiors to church authorities.
The new church law, The Guardian UK reports, is a groundbreaking effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect their flocks.
Legit.ng gathers that the law which was published on Thursday, May 9, provides whistleblower protections for anyone making a report of sexual abuse and other cover-ups.
It also requires all dioceses around the world to have a system in place to receive the claims confidentially.
It outlines procedures for conducting preliminary investigations when the accused is a bishop, cardinal or religious superior.
The law is the latest effort by Pope Francis to address the rampant reported cases of sexual abuse and cover-up scandal that has devastated the credibility of the Catholic hierarchy and his own papacy.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Pope Francis renewed his plea for forgiveness for all kinds of abuse of power practiced by members of the church and all its institutions.
In a speech during mass before 500,000 people in Dublin, the pontiff spoke of meeting eight survivors of sexual abuse.
“We ask forgiveness for the time that passed without showing compassion to the survivors,” he added.
We ask for forgiveness for the persons in charge within the church hierarchy who did not take charges against this kind of abuse," he said.
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