Vatican reforms

In a major change, it brings the pope’s advisory commission on preventing sexual abuse into the Vatican’s powerful doctrine office which oversees the canonical investigations of abuse cases.

Church & Celibacy

The decision of Pope Francis not to allow married men to become priests is unlikely to be endorsed by those who argue that easing the celibacy rule will help address the dearth of clerics.

End of Silence

The fineprint of the Vatican order must be that such secrecy, despite the traditional embroidery of the expression “pontifical”, is henceforth ‘no more an excuse’ for church officials to refuse to share information on matters relating to sexual abuse of children and no less crucially, the reporting of such offences to the civil authorities (aka police).