Pedophile priests, Pope Francis’ historic decision: the papal secret on abuse abolished

Pedophile priests, Pope Francis’ historic decision: the papal secret on abuse abolished

Pope Francis gave another blow to the pedophilia scandal in the Catholic Church by issuing the Instruction “On the confidentiality of causes” on his 83rd birthday which effectively abolishes the pontifical secret for cases of sexual abuse of minors. On the other hand, the official secret remains to be respected at every stage and aimed at protecting the good reputation, image and private sphere of all the people involved.

Historic decision of Pope francesco on the matter pedophilia in the Catholic Church: the pontifical secret for cases of sexual abuse on minors. Bergoglio established it by issuing Education “On the confidentiality of causes”, released on his 83rd birthday. In the Rescript from the audience with which the Instruction is promulgated provides in article 1 that “denunciations, trials and decisions concerning crimes” in the matter of child abuse, referred to in the Motu proprio “Vos estis lux mundi” are not covered by papal secrecy. , signed by the Holy Father on 7 May against pedophile crimes and sexual abuse, and in the “de gravioribus delictis” norms. Among the serious acts covered by the provision are the sexual act forced for abuse of authority, the sexual acts of a minor, but also the “production, exhibition, possession or distribution, even electronically, of child pornography material, as well as the recruitment or the induction of a minor or a vulnerable person to participate in pornographic performances “. However, the official secret remains to be respected at every stage and aimed at protecting the good reputation, image and private sphere of all the people involved.

The text in question reads, specifically, that “whoever carries out the reportto the person who claims to have been offended and to witnesses no constraint of silence can be imposed with regard to the facts of the case “. The provision concerns” both the procedures that take place locally and those that take place in Rome, at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith “. finally, the Pope establishes that “official secrecy does not prevent the fulfillment of the obligations established in every place by state laws, including any reporting obligations, as well as the execution of the executive requests of the civil judicial authorities”. that the civil magistrates of other countries will finally be able to have access to the documents of canonical processes. Among the new features, the limit below which abuse is considered among the most serious crimes has been raised from 14 to 18 the possibility also for the laity to act as lawyer or procurator secret of confession.

According to the archbishop Charles Sciclunaassistant secretary of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Vatican’s leading man in the fight against pedophilia, today’s one is one “epochal decision. So far – explained to the microphones of Vatican Radio – the victim did not have the opportunity to know the sentence that followed his denunciation, because there was the pontifical secret. Other communications were also hindered, because the pontifical secret is a secret of the highest level in the confidentiality system in canon law. Now the possibility of safeguarding the community and of declaring the outcome of a sentence is also facilitated. ““The abolition of the pontifical secret was requested by the German cardinal Reinhard Marxone of the Pope’s closest advisors because “the dossiers that could have documented the terrible acts and indicated the names of those responsible have been destroyed or not even created. guiltyit was the victims who were filmed and silence was imposed on them. “This request was finally granted.

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