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Pope Expands Sex Abuse Law, Reaffirms Adults Can Be Victims

posted on March 27, 2023

Nicole Winfield of the Associated Press reports, “Pope Francis on Saturday updated a 2019 church law aimed at holding senior churchmen accountable for covering up sexual abuse cases, expanding it to cover lay Catholic leaders.” Francis also affirmed in the announcement that adults, as well as children, can be victims of sexual abuse at the hands of clergy. Anne Barrett Doyle, the co-director of, an online database of Catholic clergy who have been accused of sexual abuse, said, “The Catholic people were promised that (the law) would be ‘revolutionary,’ a watershed event for holding bishops accountable. But in four years, we’ve seen no significant housecleaning, no dramatic change.”

Read at The Associated Press