Vatican says bishops should report sex abuse to police


The Vatican has published new guidelines for Catholic Bishops on howto handle allegations of child sexual abuse by members off the clergy. The Catholic Church has been gripped by abuse scandals for years. Gareth Barlow reports. The 20 page handbook over Jamaica issued by the Vatican aims to provide clarity for bishops dealing with reports of sexual abuse. Clerics must now report any cases to their superiors and law enforcement. Regardless of what local legislation requires that don't come into also details what constitutes a sex abuse crime what investigations must take place on possible legal avenues to prosecute abusers. Catholic bishops requested the document to provide greater clarification on G process and responsibilities.

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