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Is the Catholic Church finally taking sexual abuse seriously?

After decades (and perhaps centuries) of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church and numerous cover-ups at all levels of leadership, the Catholic Church is in crisis mode.

In fact, 2018 was called the biggest crisis for the Catholic Church since the Protestant Reformation in 1517.

But a new law initiated by Pope Francis called moto propio, indicates that the Catholic Church is perhaps ready to take the sexual abuse crisis seriously.

The new law, which takes effect in June, sets a system for reporting sexual abuse. Moto propio also:

  • Defines acts of abuse
  • Protects the confidentiality of those who report sexual abuse (whistleblowers)
  • Demands that victims of abuse are offered counseling or other forms of support by the Church

This measure signifies a change in the Catholic Church, which has been widely criticized for doing too little to prevent abuse from happening – and failing to acknowledge that abuse has occurred.

Many are hopeful that Pope Francis’ initiative will be the change Catholics are looking for, especially since it is coming from the Pope – the most senior official within the Church. However, many Catholics and critics are skeptical that things are changing within. Many argue that the Catholic Church cannot police itself.

Time will tell if the new law will change the Catholic Church’s culture of sexual abuse and cover-ups.

Meanwhile, many survivors of sexual abuse by priests and other Church officials are speaking out and holding the Church accountable for these horrific acts. These individuals can seek help from an attorney as they seek justice and move forward with their lives.

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