Vatican Posts Sex Abuse Policy on Web

Monday, April 12, 2010

Italian policemen leave St. Peter's Square at the Vatican on March 25, 2010 after removing US citizens taking part in a demonstration against child sexual abuse. (ALESSIA GIULIANI/AFP/Getty)

The Vatican made public today its guidelines for bishops and other top clergy who encounter sex abuse in the church: that the clergy report the abuse to the police.

The Associated Press reports that the Vatican posted the policy on its Web site today. It reads: "Civil law concerning reporting of crimes to the appropriate authorities should always be followed."

The AP reports that this policy was not in a draft of guidelines it had obtained from the Vatican last week.

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