CHILD PROTECTION guidelines issued this week by the Italian Bishops’ Conference (CEI) conclude with an observation that there is no “juridical obligation” on bishops to report “illicit facts” to the police.

*moment of stunned silence*

US abuse victims’ group Snap was one of many to condemn the document, saying: “Once again the Catholic Church hierarchy has missed the boat . . . These prelates had a chance to do more than the bare minimum and thus set a good example for their colleagues around the world by putting the safety of children first and foremost, but they chose instead to put the reputation of the church first.”

No Legal Obligation To Report Abuse, Bishops Told (Paddy Agnew, Irish Times)

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