- Aug 4, 2021
A proposal to decriminalize abortion in Malta has stirred up a polarized debate on an issue long considered taboo in the country with the strictest abortion laws in the European Union.
To help foster a wider discussion on work that still must be done to safeguard minors and vulnerable people in the Catholic Church, a canon law journal published a series of talks by experts regarding accountability, transparency and confidentiality in the handling of abuse allegations.
Catholic bishops in Malta said that while they support equality and are against discrimination, they are concerned that two new bills meant to protect people’s rights would instead threaten personal freedoms.
Facing a ticking clock on several fronts, the coronavirus has bought Pope Francis and his Vatican team some time.
The Vatican’s announcement that it is sending an investigative commission to Mexico later in March to look into cases of clergy sex abuse could become a turning point in the country that’s home to the second largest number of Catholics in the world.
The Catholic Church began investigating four Mexican bishops last May for allegedly covering up cases of pederasty, the Vatican’s representative in Mexico said.
Victims of clerical sex abuse have expressed skepticism over a Vatican investigative commission that will collect statements and information about abuse in Mexico, though most said they would meet with Pope Francis’s investigators.
When Pope Francis visits the island nation of Malta later this year, his first international trip of 2020, it will likely be framed by key political issues for which he has often raised his voice, including migration and corruption.