When an organization issues a formal directive to its units telling them that they ought to comply with the law, that organization is in trouble. The Vatican just issued such an edict. But why should it need the law to tell you that when you discover that an employee has been sexually molesting children that employee needs to be reported to the police?
The Vatican on Monday responded to allegations it long concealed clerical sex abuse by making it clear for the first time that bishops and clerics worldwide should report such crimes to police if they are required to by law.
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