Pope approves measures to remove bishops found 'negligent' in abuse cases

June 4, 2016 11:33 AM

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Pope approves measures to remove bishops found 'negligent' in abuse cases

Bishops found to be "negligent" when dealing with cases of sexual abuse will be investigated and could be removed from office, a papal decree said on Saturday.

Pope Francis has pledged zero tolerance for anyone in the church who abuses children and likened such abuse to a "satanic mass." In 2014 he established a Vatican commission intended to set best practices to root out abuse in parishes.

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