Vatican City, Feb 11, 2016 / 12:42 pm
Media reports are wrong to claim that the Vatican is telling new bishops that they don't have to report sexual abuse, Holy See spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said.
A reported comment from a Vatican consultant is "not in any way – as someone has mistakenly interpreted – a new Vatican document or a new instruction or new 'guidelines' for bishops," Fr. Lombardi said Feb. 11.
The news reports concerned a statement from French Monsignor Tony Anatrella, who contributed to a 2015 formation course for new bishops organized by the Congregation for Bishops.
Msgr. Anatrella, a consultant to the Pontifical Council for the Family and the Pontifical Council for Health Care Workers, wrote a document with a section reflecting on countries' civil laws that mandate abuse reporting.