Norms for allegations of sexual abuse of minors by priests or deacons
I have been reading the revised norms and thinking about some of what I wrote about the earlier version on 15 June 2002.
My main concern was the lack of consistency with Canon Law, an area where this revision is greatly improved.
I also note the more limited scope of the new documents: its not presenting detailed instructions for "church personnel" but just priests and deacons.
I still have some concerns about what was 9C:
It has been slightly changed to as 8B:
Since June I have a better understanding what it means to "celebrate Mass publicly". Archbishop Pell, while being investigated decided to celebrate Mass privately, not in a Church. After the investigation he returned to the cathedral.
That someone who is in fact a priest should be instructed not to "present himself publicly as a priest" remains a challenging concept. But at least the new document details such administrative actions in footnotes 4 and 5.
Generally its pleasing to see what I wrote on 15 June: "Hopefully the Vatican will be able to clarify these issues and provide a better set of laws for the USA."
By J.R. Lilburne, 6 November 2002. I give what I have written on this page to the public domain.