Tuesday, August 27, 2013

No more mister nice pope

I wrote before about the new pope making statements that made him sound pretty decent. But it sounds like other in the church will be pleased with a move that goes on to continue the stats quo of the previous papacy.

On one hand, progress was made when Vatican law was updated to apply a penalty of up to a twelve year sentence to sex crimes against children. That sounds pretty good right? Far better than Ratzinger trying to hide the abuse and protect the abusers.

But it's not all roses. The Vatican also issued a new law at the same time that criminalized the reporting of sex crimes. This law actually assigns a two year sentence for 'revealing or receiving confidential Vatican information'. The trouble is that the Vatican is still very secretive about the abuse cases, and considers priests abusing children to be confidential. So this new law also makes reporting abuses a crime.

The church claims they didn't intend to do that, and will think about changing the law. However, I can't help but notice that it feels like the continuation of the same old Vatican cover up.

 -Brain Hulk

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