New norms on mandatory abuse reporting and accountability

VATICAN (CNS): “The crimes of sexual abuse offend Our Lord, cause physical, psychological and spiritual damage to the victims and harm the community of the faithful,” Pope Francis said in a new document motu proprio (on the pope’s own initiative) with revised and clarified norms and procedures for holding bishops and religious superiors accountable in protecting minors as well as in protecting members of religious orders and seminarians from abuse.
 
Titled, Vos estis lux mundi, (You are the light of the world), the new juridical instrument was released by the Vatican on May 9 and the norms come into effect on June 1.
 
It is meant to help bishops and religious leaders around the world clearly understand their duties...