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Pope says canon law offers ‘important step’ for combating abuse

Pope Francis has called for a strict application of canon law to combat abuse in the Catholic Church.

Pope Francis has called for a strict application of canon law to combat abuse in the Catholic Church.

“The Church, with the help of god, is pushing forward with the commitment to do justice to the victims of abuse by our members by applying with special attention and rigour the canon law provided,” Francis said.

He made the comments at the Apostolic Palace while receiving representatives of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican authority which deals with abuse.

Francis pointed to recent reforms which make it easier to hold abusers in the Church accountable.

“This alone cannot be enough to curb the phenomenon, but it is an important step towards restoring justice, making amends for the scandal and changing a perpetrator,” the 85-year-old pontiff said.

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