John Lilburne's journal about reactions to the changes to Canon Law for dealing with priests accused on pedophilia.
1253 L Thu 10 Jan 2002
There is a lot today about changes to Canon Law by the Pope's recent Motu Proprio.
Part of the challenge is that the Church's public relations people have tended to give the impression that those accused of pedophila simply stop being priests. In fact, this requires quite complex Canon Law procedures. These changes to the law highlight that there are laws about this.
Hopefully with this publicity more will be done to inform people about the Church's laws. As the Pope wrote in 1983 in the Apostolic Constitution of the Code of Canon Law:
I have been thinking about a line I know from the movie JFK: "Let justice be done though the heavens fall." Yesterday in The Australian I was in agreement with a lot of Roger Sandall's article "Back off, Tony Abbott is right". But I think that stopped with the following:
The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes justice as one of the four cardinal virtues, in CCC 1807. In CCC 1778 it teaches:
Copyright J.R. Lilburne 10 January 2002.
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