Pope Francis has announced that the Catholic bishops who fail to report cases of sex abuse of children can be removed from office.
In a letter published on Saturday, the pope explained that bishops found guilty of negligence when dealing with cases of sexual abuse of minors and vulnerable adults will be investigated and under the new decree can be dismissed from office.
“As a loving mother, the Church loves all her children, but treats and protects with a very particular affection the smaller and helpless. This is a task that Christ entrusted to the entire Christian community as a whole. With this in mind, the Church is vigilant in protecting children and vulnerable adults,” he noted.
The pope further clarified that Vatican offices have the jurisdiction to sack bishops in such cases.
With the decree coming into force from September 5, the pontiff aims to implement what he promised last year when he approved a Vatican tribunal to judge bishops accused of…