Motu Proprio 


In May 2019, the Holy Father established new universal law for the global Church to protect children and vulnerable people from the evils of clergy sexual abuse, while holding all members of the clergy accountable regardless if they are the direct abuser or involved in the coverup of such crimes. These norms add more layers of response to The Charter that has already been implemented by the American Church since 2002.


The new norms require:


The Motu Proprio serves as a global baseline to be implemented and complemented by additional reforms relevant to individual countries, so that differing cultures and civil reporting laws are taken into consideration. However, it is mandatory that Church institutions comply with all civil reporting laws.


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