Pope Francis abolishes pontifical

Kieran Tapsell. Canon Law and the Truth, Justice and Healing Council

Kieran Tapsell. Canon Law

Title: Canon Law and the Truth, Justice and Healing Council

Author: Kieran Tapsell

Publication: John Menadue – Pearls and Irritations

Date: 16JUN2014

“Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council said it appears clear that canonical issues have struggled to keep pace with the realities of how to deal with clerical sex abuse cases in Australia. ‘One thing does need to be made very clear: there is nothing in canon law that stops priests or bishops reporting the crime of child sexual abuse to the police in Australia,’ Mr Sullivan said.”

It is going to be interesting to see what evidence and argument the Church produces to support Sullivan’s assertion. The pontifical secret, a permanent silence on all allegations and information about child sexual abuse by clergy, is imposed by Art. 30 of Sacramentorum Sanctitatis Tutela as revised in 2010, and by Secreta Continere of 1974 that is specifically incorporated in footnote 41. Secreta Continere allows only one exception to the pontifical secret: the accused priest can be told about the allegation if it is necessary for his own defence. One might have thought this was implied, but canon law leaves nothing to implication with the pontifical secret. There is no exception for reporting to the civil authorities.

For more information visit:https://johnmenadue.com/kieran-tapsell-canon-law-and-the-truth-justice-and-healing-council/

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