Africa: Pope Francis Endorses Tough Measures Against Clerical Child Abuse - AllAfrica.com | Apollyon | Scoop.it

On Sunday, June 5, 2016, finally Pope Francis backed down and approved tough measures to sack the clergy who mishandle, or involve in, child sexual abuse. As the Pontiff empathised, bishops who are negligent in dealing with priests committing abuse will be removed under the new legal procedures.

 

Ordinarily, the canon law allows for a bishop to be removed for negligence to sanction priests who involve in sexual abuse, but this time round the new measures precisely prescribe child abuse as 'grave reasons' that could lead to dismissal.

 

The Papal stance intends to hold the clergy accountable if they fail to protect their flocks from paedophiles. Morally and spiritually speaking, religious leaders have the responsibility to protect their followers from sexual abuses.