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Palm Beach Diocese pleased with new rules about reporting sex abuse: victims, advocates see problems

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Palm Beach Diocese pleased with new rules about reporting sex abuse: victims, advocates see problems

Palm Beach Diocese pleased with new rules about reporting sex abuse: victims, advocates see problems

Pope Francis issued new church rules this week, requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sex abuse, and cover-up by their superiors, to church authorities.

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Palm Beach Diocese pleased with new rules about reporting sex abuse: victims, advocates see problems

TO REPORT CLERGY SEX ABUSE,AND COVER-UP BY THEIRSUPERIORS -- TO CHURCHAUTHORITIES.CONTACT 5 INVESTIGATOR SAMSMINK TELLS YOU - WHILE THEDIOCESE OF PALM BEACH PRAISESTHE NEW RULES..

VICTIMS ANDADVOCATES SAY IT'S NOT ENOUGH.THE NEW RULES OUT OF THEVATICAN GIVE WHISTLE-BLOWERPROTECTIONS FOR ANYONE MAKINGA REPORT TO THEIR SUPERIORS.THEY ALSO REQUIRE ALL DIOCESESAROUND THE WORLD TO HAVE ASYSTEM IN PLACE TO RECEIVE THECLAIMS CONFIDENTIALLY.HOWEVER, ADVOCATES AND VICTIMSSAY THERE ARE STILL PROBLEMS..SOME OF THE BISHOPS WHOCOVERED UP CLAIMS IN THE PAST,WOULD NOW BE IN CHARGE OF NEWCLAIMS. AND WHILE PRIESTS ANDSISTERS HAVE TO INFORM*CHURCH AUTHORITIES IF THEYBELIEVE SOMEONE COMMITTEDABUSE OF A MINOR, SEXUALMISCONDUCT WITH AN ADULT, ORCHILD PORN..

THEY DON'T HAVETO REPORT IT TO POLICE.

PLUSANY INFORMATION GIVEN TO THECHURCH WILL REMAINCONFIDENTIAL.

THE LAW ALSODOESN'T SPECIFY CLEARPENALTIES FOR SOMEONE FAILINGTO REPORT TO THEIR SUPERIORS.THE DIOCESE OF PALM BEACH SAYSTHEY'RE PLEASED BY POPEFRANCIS' NEW LAW - SAYING INPART....AS THEY AFFIRM OUR LOCALPOLICIES AND PROCEDURES, WELOOK FORWARD TO THEIRIMPLEMENTATION AROUND THEWORLD AS A CONCRETEMANIFESTATION OF THE CHURCH'SUNIVERSAL AND COMPLETECOMMITMENT TO THE PROTECTIONOF YOUNG PEOPLE AND VULNERABLEADULTS." KEL




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