- Dec 10, 2019
After the U.S. bishops’ fall meeting in Baltimore, it became clear that November wasn’t a turning point but a way station on the path to Pope Francis’s special meeting with presidents of the bishops’ conferences of the world in February.
Laity have a rightful place in the Church to address the abuse crisis, say canon lawyers.
An expert on Church law in Rome says there’s no precedent for bishops’ investigation other bishops, and that only the authority of the pope can release the documents likely needed to get to the bottom of the case of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
The 1983 Code of Canon Law did not anticipate crimes being committed by bishops that could result in their laicization, according to a canon law professor at The Catholic University of America.
After the allegations of criminal sexual abuse and serial sexual misconduct against then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick became public this summer, one prominent Catholic lawyer in Houston was perplexed why the Church did not utilize compliance methods that even small to mid-size U.S. corporations routinely follow.
The Vatican’s former top advisor on canon law has made a public call to insert legal obligations for the care of creation into the Church’s universal canon law – making it a legal duty for Catholics not only “not to harm” the environment, but to improve it.