Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Vatican City: Pope Francis sacks cardinal over sex abuse cases


In March 2017, a prominent church reform group called for Mueller’s resignation after accusations that senior officials had willfully ignored Francis’s decision to create a new tribunal to judge bishops who cover up sexual abuse.

Times of Ahmad | News Watch | UK desk
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By Chijioke Jannah | July 3, 2017

The global Head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis, has sacked the church’s chief of doctrine, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller.

Mueller’s office processes and evaluates all cases of priests accused of raping or molesting minors.

This development comes just days after Pope Francis released another top Vatican cardinal to return home to stand trial for alleged sexual assault.

Mueller had also been caught up in the controversy surrounding the church’s response to the clerical sex abuse scandal after his office was accused of obstructing Francis’s efforts to stop internal cover-ups of abuse.

In March 2017, a prominent church reform group called for Mueller’s resignation after accusations that senior officials had willfully ignored Francis’s decision to create a new tribunal to judge bishops who cover up sexual abuse.

Pope Francis named Mueller’s deputy, Monsignor Luis Ladaria Ferrer, a Spanish Jesuit, to run the powerful office instead.


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