Pope Francis decrees removal of bishops negligent in sex abuse

June 4, 2016 6:31 PM

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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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