Pope Francis recently issued “sweeping
new sex abuse legislation” intended to hold Vatican personnel and diplomats
accountable for allegations of sexual abuse by mandating the immediate
reporting of said allegations to Vatican prosecutors.
The changes were issued in the form of a 12-part Apostolic
Letter, marking the first time the Vatican has made reporting requirements a
law under the penalty of police intervention, fines and possible jail time if
members of the Church are found to have committed sexual abuse against “vulnerable
people,” who are now formally protected by the Vatican.