Pope revises Church law, expands rules on sexual abuse


VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Tuesday issued the most sweeping revision to Catholic Church law in four decades, toughening sanctions for priests who abuse minors and vulnerable adults, commit fraud or ordain women.

The revision, which has been in the works since 2009, involves all of section six of the Church’s Code of Canon Law, a seven-book code of about 1,750 articles. It is the most extensive revision since the current code was approved by Pope John Paul in 1983.

(Reporting by Philip Pullella; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne)

Source link