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Is The Vatican Falling Short (Again)?
May 16, 2011
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The Vatican has released a new letter on its latest efforts to root out pedophiles in the priesthood. In it, the Vatican instructs bishops to report cases of abuse, and reminds them of their responsibility to do so.

It also notes that independent review boards have been set up in some countries to oversee the Church's actions. But it says those boards cannot substitute for bishops' judgement and power.

While some Catholics might hail this new letter as a sign the Vatican is serious about ending abuse, others aren't so quick to heap on the praise - in particular, the victims of abuse at the hands of priests.

Here's the big issue: The Vatican has not made it a mandatory policy for bishops to report abusive priests to police. Which really makes it sound like the Vatican would still prefer to "self-regulate." And that hasn't worked too well...


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