The letter urges them to ‘Please be a good priest.’
The ruling is not final.
The Vatican published Tuesday major revisions to Book VI of the Code of Canon Law, which covers penal law in the Church, including sanctions related to clerical sexual abuse.
A German archbishop has announced that he is offering his resignation to Pope Francis and requesting “immediate release” from all duties.
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At a hearing Tuesday of an ongoing abuse and cover-up trial against two Italian priests, the Vatican court accepted a request from the victim’s lawyer to sue the institution where the alleged abuse took place, as well as the group which oversees it.