Potiphar's Wife Hardback
The Vatican's Secret and Child Sexual Abuse
by Kieran Taspell;
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Pope John Paul II confirmed the application of pontifical secrecy in 2001, and in 2010, Benedict XVI even extended it to allegations about priests sexually abusing intellectually disabled adults. In 2010, Pope Benedict gave a dispensation to pontifical secrecy to allow reporting to the police where the local civil law required it, that is, just enough to keep bishops out of jail. Most countries in the world do not have any such reporting laws for the vast majority of complaints about the sexual abuse of children. Pontifical secrecy, the cornerstone of the cover up continues. The effect on the lives of children by the imposition of the Church's Top Secret classification on clergy sex abuse allegations may not have been so bad if canon law had a decent disciplinary system to dismiss these priests. The 1983 Code of Canon Law imposed a five year limitation period which virtually ensured there would be no canonical trials. It required bishops to try to reform these priests before putting them on trial. When they were on trial, the priest could plead the Vatican 'Catch 22' defence - he should not be dismissed because he couldn't control himself.
The Church claims that all of this has changed. Very little has changed. It has fiddled around the edges of pontifical secrecy and the disciplinary canons. The Church has been moonwalking.
Potiphar's Wife by Kieran Taspell was published by ATF Press in April 2014. The ISBN for Potiphar's Wife is 9781921511462.
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|Page last updated||26th April 2016|
|Author / Artist||Kieran Taspell|
|Publisher||ATF Press (April 2014)|
|Number of Pages||362|