| 25 June 2021, Friday |

Pope revises Church law, expands rules on sexual abuse

Pope Francis  issued on Tuesday the most sweeping revision to Catholic Church law in 4 decades, toughening sanctions for priests who abuse vulnerable adults and minors, ordain women or commit fraud.

The revision, which has been in the works since 2009, involves all of section six of the Church’s Code of Canon Law, a seven-book code of nearly 1,750 articles.

It is considered as the most extensive revision since the current code was approved by Pope John Paul in 1983.

On May 25, Pope Francis ordered a residence for altar boys who serve Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica to move out of the Vatican, after the home became the subject of a sexual abuse trial.