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Catholic Church sex abuse crisis: 5 possible Vatican changes

Catholic Church sex abuse crisis: 5 possible Vatican changes

Expanding victim reporting options

Chilean victim of clerical sexual abuse Juan Cruz speaks with media after meeting with investigator, Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta in New York City, New York, U.S., February 17, 2018. | (Photo: Reuters/Eduardo Munoz)

Reflection Point 21 on the Vatican document includes a call for the Church to establish groups to aid victims in reporting any alleged sexual abuse.

“Where it has not yet been in place, establish a group easily accessible for victims who want to report any crimes,” stated the point.

“Such an organization should have a certain autonomy with respect to the local ecclesiastical authority and include expert persons (clerics and laity) who know how to express the Church's attention to those who have been offended by improper attitudes on the part of clerics.”

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