If the Catholic Churches Bishops duty isn’t to report child abuse suspicions to police, then who duty is it?
The Catholic church is telling newly appointed bishops that it is “not necessarily” their duty to report accusations of clerical child abuse.
A document that spells out how senior clergy members ought to deal with allegations of abuse, which was recently released by the Vatican, emphasized that, though they must be aware of local laws, bishops’ only duty was to address such allegations internally.
“According to the state of civil laws of each country where reporting is obligatory, it is not necessarily the duty of the bishop to report suspects to authorities, the police or state prosecutors in the moment when they are made aware of crimes or sinful deeds,” the training document states.
For the children and their families who go through this suffering have a problem to face. Carmen Flores, my mother, has gone through this suffering. Carmen was abused by a Catholic priest in Peru. “I did not know what to do but to just lay there while I was being raped. I told my father but the Church has so much power that we couldn’t do or say anything.”
The Catholic church has long been accused of turning a blind eye to the sexual abuse of children by clergy, with countless accusations over the years that church officials knowingly covered up abuse instead of confronting priests. Pope approved a recommendation by a committee created to find ways to tackle abuse, represents an attempt by the Vatican to create a structure to formally address the problem.
Hopefully the police force is checking their officers for blind eyes! We don’t want any abused child to be overlooked!