Thursday, June 5, 2008

BBC Panorama: Sex Crimes and the Vatican

Aired: September 29, 2006 on BBC1
A secret document which sets out a procedure for dealing with child sex abuse scandals within the Catholic Church is examined by Panorama.

Crimen Sollicitationis was enforced for 20 years by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger before he became the Pope.

It instructs bishops on how to deal with allegations of child abuse against priests and has been seen by few outsiders.

Critics say the document has been used to evade prosecution for sex crimes. Read more

Read the confidential document (pdf)
Read an interpretation of the document
(via Doctor E)

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