Vatican told bishops to cover up sex abuse

In the latest twist in the child sex abuse scandal rocking the Catholic church, the Observer reports that a the Observer 69-page Latin document bearing the seal of Pope John XXIII was sent to every bishop in the world. The instructions outline a policy of ‘strictest’ secrecy in dealing with allegations of sexual abuse and threatens those who speak out with excommunication.

They also call for the victim to take an oath of secrecy at the time of making a complaint to Church officials. “

This story seems to run and run. There looks like being yet more evidence that will lead to more prosecutions alleging that far from being an example of Christ caring for his flock, the Catholic Church systematically covered up child sexual abuse committed by priests. If this document is what is claimed (and the church haven’t denied it is genuine) then it doesn’t get much worse than this I am afraid.

This is not what church should be about.

It is time to see something different emerge from the ashes.

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Adrian Warnock has been a blogger since April 2003, and part of the leadership team of Jubilee Church, London for more than ten years, serving alongside Tope Koleoso. Together they have written Hope Reborn - How to Become a Christian and Live for Jesus, published by Christian Focus.

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