Pope Francis decrees removal of bishops negligent in sex abuse

June 4, 2016 6:31 PM

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Pope Francis decrees removal of bishops negligent in sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) Bishops believed to be “negligent” when dealing with cases of sexual abuse by clergy will be investigated and could be removed from office under a new church law signed by Pope Francis.

Francis has pledged zero tolerance for anyone in the church who abuses children and once 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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