O’Malley corrects priest on obligation to report abuse

18 February 2016 | by Christopher Lamb
The cardinal who leads the pontifical body on child protection has stressed bishops have an obligation to report suspected abuse to civil authorities, writes Christopher Lamb. Cardinal Seán O’Malley made the statement after it emerged that recently ordained bishops were told at a Vatican-run training course that they have no duty to report allegations to the police. Mgr Tony Anatrella, a French priest and psychotherapist who is a consultant to two pontifical councils, made the remarks last September. The Congregation for Bishops, which runs the formation course, recently published his address in a book. Cardinal O’Malley said, however, that he and the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors “wish to affirm that our obligations under civil law must certa

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