VATICAN CITY (Oct. 17) - The Vatican has rejected some elements of the U.S. Catholic Church's new sex abuse policy and cautioned the American bishops from going ahead with them, Church sources familiar with the response said Thursday.
In particular, the Vatican expressed concern over elements of the proposed policy that would violate the individual rights of accused clerics now protected under universal church law, the sources said.
From Boston, to Brooklyn, to Scranton and beyond and faster than Moriel can report on, cases of paedophilia Roman Catholic priests are being exposed and lawsuits are being filed. We are seeing with more and more frequency, Roman Catholic priests are being brought up on charges of paedophilia in the daily newspapers and cover-ups by the Roman Catholic Church around the world with the result being that Jesus' name is being dragged though the mud. And, in an effort to stem the tide of lawsuits, outgoing funds and despicable behavior by priests within the Roman Catholic Church, Pope John Paul II has issued new rules stating that the Roman Catholic Church will use secret ecclesiastical courts to try priests accused of sexually abusing children and will oversee the cases directly from Rome.