1218 K Wed 8 May 2002
Its interesting to see two Catholic news sites reporting today
on Archbishop Herranz's speech:
CHURCH LAW ADEQUATE FOR SEX-ABUSE CASES, SAYS VATICAN OFFICIAL
VATICAN, (CWNews.com) -- While American bishops will meet
in June to determine national policies regarding priestly sexual
misconduct, the Vatican's top canon-law official has pointed
out that existing Church law already provides adequate means
of addressing the problem.
In a speech he delivered at the University of Milan last week--
reported in the Italian magazine Expresso-- Archbishop Julian
Herranz said that the Church has the canonical structures in
place to handle questions of priestly sexual misconduct. For
example, the archbishop observed that the Code of Canon Law (#1395)
already prescribes the penalty of laicization for priests who
are guilty of pedophilia. ...
I see the speech and the reporting of it as expressing similar
concerns as my letter in The Age yesterday. If bishops want new
procedures they can make suggestions. But it should not be forgetten
that there are already procedures and that full use should be
made of them.
Copyright J.R. Lilburne, 8 May 2002.