Pope approves measures to fire bishops found to have mishandled sexual abuse cases

A papal letter says those who are negligent in dealing with priests committing abuse will be removed from their jobs

Pope approves measures to fire bishops found to have mishandled sexual abuse cases

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The Pope has approved new measures to sack Bishops found to have mishandled child sexual abuse cases.

A papal decree released today says those who are negligent in dealing with priests committing abuse will be removed from their jobs.

Vatican Radio reports that Director of the Holy See Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, said the Apostolic Letter “clarifies that negligence regarding cases of sexual abuse committed against children or vulnerable adults are among the ‘grave causes’ that justify removal from ecclesiastical offices, even of Bishops.”

The decree comes in response to long-running demands by abuse victims and their supporters to hold bishops accountable if they fail to protect their parishioners.

Deirdre Kenny of the 'One in Four' survivors group said the news will be welcomed by many victims here in Ireland:

In a tweet this morning, the Pope said 'let us hear the cry of the victims and those suffering':