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VATICAN CITY (RNS) An overhaul of the Vatican's legal system has been long awaited -- the Vatican still uses an 1889 Italian criminal code that was adopted after the creation of the Vatican State in 1929.

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  1. Proclaiming and enforcing these rules within the tiny country called the Vatican is not going to solve the worldwide problem of Catholic clergy from committing and concealing child sex crimes . These Vatican rules are not going to stop bishops and cardinals from enabling, and covering up sex crimes against innocent children. The Pope needs to punish those who sexually abuse children and those who cover up their crimes, “period”. Not just within the Vatican walls.

    The sex abuse and cover up within the church hierarchy is still going on to this day. Their so called “child protection policy” is not being followed by the bishops who created it. They don’t have to, because there is no punishment if they don’t. They work harder to protect their image, their power, their money, and the institution— rather than caring about the victims or protecting innocent children. There are many of these bishops and cardinals who need to be held accountable and spend time behind bars. Until that happens, nothing will change and children are still not safe within this secretive archaic system.

    Sex abuse thrives in secrecy and secret systems that allow it to continue to this day, so silence is not an options anymore, it only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511.
    snapjudy@gmail.com,
    “SNAP (The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

    • I totally agree with you Judy. The effect of making leaking of information a criminal offense means that abuse, corruption, sex crimes, any number of criminal activity can be swept under the carpet and hidden under the guise of this law and only serves to protect the interest of those in the most powerful positions.

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