for the First time, has placed a Pope, a comprehensive set of rules for the protection of children against sexual abuse for the Vatican state. The Vatican published on Friday a total of three of Pope Francis signed documents – a decree, a law and a Directive catalog.

Among other things, Pope Francis in the Vatican of the summer already of the suspected cases of abuse must be immediately displayed. In addition, convicted offenders should be removed from their Posts, it said.

The measures had been made to the historical Anti-abuse conference in the Vatican at the end of February and to on 1. June in force. Even if the regulations concern only the state of the Church, sends, Pope Francis in order for a Signal to finally, the Vatican is the centre of power of the Church. Because of the serious need scandals of Abuse in several countries, Pope Francis is under pressure to let his clear words with deeds.

“We all have to include (…) the duty of minors and vulnerable persons with selflessness, and to create a safe and secure environment,” declared the Catholics, the head of the papal decree (issued Motu Proprio). The protection of children was “an essential part” of the message of the gospel.

Sexual abuse by clergy has been talked in the past in many ways and in many countries small-or covered up – even in Germany. In one of the German bishops ‘ conference commissioned study published last year, for example, a number of cases of abuse had been documented.

In the Vatican, it will be in the future, the duty, the suspected cases of abuse be reported immediately, with the restriction that the secrecy of the confessional must not be violated. A suspected case does not appear immediately to threaten sanctions. In addition, persons due to suspicion of malpractice is determined to be, of children and young people. On top of that, it should be determined in the case of a suspected sexual abuse or the mistreatment of children even without the display, criminally.

The Pontiff wants to worry with the new rules after his own admission that “all” in the Roman Curia and in the Vatican, the awareness of the duty of waxes to report abuse and to cooperate with the competent authorities. The Pope made it clear that the abuse victims and their families would be entitled to spiritual, medical, psychological and legal assistance.

In the Directive catalogue of the priests and other Church employees in the Vatican that have to do with children, for example, “strictly prohibited”, a special relationship to each of the Minors to build up or to approach a child in an obnoxious way. A child must not be asked, therefore, to keep a secret; at the same time, a Priest may not give a gift to a child.

the Vatican staff may not publish children to the rules and regulations that only photography and filming, and the footage on the Internet, if you have the Express consent of the parents. It is requested to be in the presence of Minors is always visible for others and to respect their privacy. A representative for the protection of Minors to ensure that these guidelines are followed. He should also be the contact person for the victims of abuse.

The published rules apply to persons that have the Vatican citizenship, or Church-state resident. The smallest state in the world has around 800 inhabitants – a good 300 of them diplomats for the Vatican around the world. Minors, however, are hardly included. However, the law can be applied to the information according to to children residing in the Vatican, for example, those 35 boys between 9 and 13 years, are part of the choir of the Sistine chapel.

In Germany, is turned on according to the Catholic Church since 2010, automatically in the case of any suspected sexual abuse to the public Prosecutor’s office. The duty to cease to apply only if the victim wishes this expressly. As a result of the in September, that became known to Thousands of abuse cases in the past decades, the German bishops had decided the last also, in addition to the disputed obligation of the priests to celibacy (celibacy) to the extremely conservative sexual morality of the Church for discussion.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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