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Pope issues new law in wake of clergy sex scandals

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Pope Francis has issued a new church law to address the clergy sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church.

The new law makes it mandatory for priests and nuns to report sexual abuse, and its cover-up.  The decree sets out procedures and timelines for investigations - including those against bishops - and requires every diocese in the world to establish an office to deal with abuse allegations.   

It mandates dioceses develop simple ways for victims to report, seeks to protect whistleblowers, and puts the onus on the Vatican to respond quickly. 

The new law does not mandate reporting to police or prosecutors, though it does say local churches must adhere to the reporting laws in their countries. Here on Guam there have been more than 200 cases filed in court alleging child clergy sex abuse.

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