- Jul 4, 2020
With Easter just days away, debate continues to swirl about how accessible churches and pastors should be on the holiest day on the Christian calendar – and, for that matter, whether Easter ought to be celebrated next Sunday at all.
In real life, my experience is that many Catholics recognize the competing values at stake and don’t envy bishops who have to make virtually unprecedented judgment calls.
Pope Francis updated the laws that govern the Vatican judicial system in an effort to establish greater transparency and independence, particularly in financial and criminal matters.
The 12-year process of updating the Code of Canon Law section dealing with crimes and penalties was necessary “to make it more organic and responsive to new situations and problems,” Pope Francis said.
Like American law, victims of clerical sexual abuse are not parties to criminal procedures, but could that change?
Despite Pope Francis’s decision on Tuesday to abolish pontifical secrecy in cases of abuse, experts have said the secret is still relevant, and serves the needs of confidentiality in several other areas of the Church.