Vatican City, Jun 4, 2016 / 05:50 am
On Saturday, Pope Francis issued an edict on the protection of minors and vulnerable adults, in which he said that negligence on the part of a bishop can constitute removal from office.
Entitled "Like a loving mother," the edict -- officially called a motu proprio – contributes to existing norms in place with regard to abuse cases. It particularly pertains to bishops, eparchs, or religious superiors who are deemed guilty of negligence in such cases.
In a statement, Holy See press office director, Fr. Federico Lombardi, drew attention to two points in the motu proprio. The first is that a bishop can be guilty of lacking in diligence even in the absence of "grave moral culpability on his part."
The second point is, in cases pertaining to the abuse of minors and vulnerable adults, "it is sufficient for the lack of diligence be grave" for a bishop to be removed from office. In other cases, a "very grave" lack of diligence is necessary for a bishop's removal.