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May
15

It is 10 years since the late Pope John Paul II sent his AT THE BEGINNING OF THE THIRD MILLENNIUM APOSTOLIC LETTER NOVO MILLENNIO NEUNTE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE JOHN PAUL II TO THE BISHOPS CLERGY AND LAY FAITHFUL AT THE CLOSE OF THE GREAT JUBILEE OF THE YEAR 2000. To my Brother Bishops, To Priests and Deacons ,Men and Women Religious and all the Lay Faithful. I want to re-print what he wrote so we could look back and see if this request has been worked by those whom he asked. 1. At the beginning of the new millennium, and at the close of the Great Jubilee during which

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May
09

Priest sex abusers should “always” be turned in to civil authorities, the Vatican said on Monday in guidelines on handling paedophilia cases posted on its website. “Civil law concerning reporting of crimes to the appropriate authorities should always be followed,” state the guidelines compiled from existing Vatican rules. The document also confirms that the pope can intervene directly to defrock the worst offenders. “In very grave cases where a civil criminal trial has found the cleric guilty of sexual abuse of minors or where the evidence is overwhelming” the pope may issue a decree to remove him from the priesthood. “If the allegation has a semblance of truth the case

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