Law and Order

New regulations of the Vatican City State require mandatory reporting of the sexual abuse of minors. The number of minors actually resident in the Vatican, you will say, probably makes this new requirement redundant – another piece of virtue-signalling to bring the Church into line with ambient secular authority.

But perhaps there is more to it than that.

If whistle-blowers are encouraged to shop offenders, they surely have a moral (if not legal) duty to expose those who effectively cover up the activities of others. Which is where J. M. Bergoglio comes in.

Archbishop Vigano has done his conscientious duty (for which he received little approbation) by outlining the failures in this area of the Church’s fount of Law and Supreme Magistrate. What is now to be done about his Testimony? And when can we expect him to be rehabilitated?.

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