Pope's sex-abuse panel scores awareness victory in Vatican

September 12, 2016 10:34 AM

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VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis' sex-abuse commission has scored a victory within the Vatican: Members have been invited to address Vatican congregations as well as a course for new bishops designed to teach them how to run dioceses, suggesting that child protection is now considered an important responsibility for church leaders.

Commission members praised the development as a breakthrough given that bishops have long been accused of covering up abuse by moving priests around rather than reporting them to police.

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