Protection of Minors and the Pope’s steps forward after the February 2019 Meeting

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Federico Lombardi, SJ

 Federico Lombardi, SJ / Issue 2003 / 19 February 2020

The Holy Father’s decision to exclude accusations, trials and decisions regarding sexual abuse committed within the Church from the “pontifical secret” was published on December 17, 2019. The decision resonated widely and many people have hailed it as a very important step forward – some have even called it historic – in the fight against these very serious crimes.

Twelve months after the Meeting on the Protection of Minors in the Church (February 21-24, 2019)[1] it is right to take this opportunity to retrace the path taken since then, because in the meantime there have been other steps, no less important, taken by Pope Francis.

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