A commission created by Pope Francis to advise him in the fight against child sexual abuse has reiterated that Catholic bishops have ‘a moral and ethical responsibility’ to report suspected abuse to civil authorities.
“The statement comes amid controversy over a Vatican training course for new Catholic bishops around the world held in September 2015, in which French Monsignor Tony Anatrella, a psychologist known for his views on homosexuality and ‘gender theory,’ told bishops they had no obligation to report abuse charges to law enforcement.
“Anatrella argued that the decision to report should be up to victims and their families, and that while bishops have the right to inform police and other public authorities, they are not required to do so under Church law.
“However, in a strongly worded statement Monday (Feb. 15), the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, a body created by Pope Francis in 2014 and led by Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston, insisted that Catholic officials should make such reports.”
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