- Jan 28, 2020
The Capuchins have chosen a lay friar as their provincial minister defying canon law and the Congregation for Religious.
For centuries, the Catholic Church has maintained that what a penitent says to a priest in the confessional is strictly confidential, but in 2019 that rite continues to be challenged by governments.
Pope Francis’s latest effort to help the Catholic Church safeguard its members from abuse and hold its leaders accountable came in the form of a new universal law, “Vos estis lux mundi” (“You are the light of the world”), which takes effect June 1.
While we wait to assess the enforcement of Pope Francis’s new rules on reporting and investigating clerical sexual abuse, here are three thoughts about their possible implications.
Though a new set of norms from Pope Francis on the handling of abuse cases and cover-up has been hailed as an important step in the right direction, the Vatican’s oversight of lay movements is still unclear, a point reflected in the fact that when two of the Church’s leading experts were asked about it Tuesday, they gave slightly contrasting responses.
The danger with “Vos estis lux mundi,” Pope Francis’s new norms on clerical sexual abuse, may be a bit analogous to a glitzy new app designed to run on a flawed operating system.