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Reform Group Will Hold Church Officials Accountable For Not Reporting Suspected Abuse

Reform Group Will Hold Church Officials Accountable For Not Reporting Suspected Abuse

The clergy sex abuse panel formed by Pope Francis promises to develop new rules holding church officials accountable for not reporting suspected abuse.

Linda Pieczynski with the reform group "Call to Action" thinks the rules must be retro-active, so past offenders are punished. 'If we let all those people off the hook then that sends a terrible message to the victims and it doesn't hold the true perpetrators of the cover-up responsible,' says Pieczynski.

Better ways to educate clergy about the issue of child abuse and its devastating consequences will also be included in the new rules.

 

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