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Guideline for priests as church addresses sex scandals

Nanise Loanakadavu
Monday, May 06, 2013

THE Archdiocese of Suva is drafting a policy to address sexual related offences.

Archbishop elect Father Peter Loy Chong said there were a lot of unreported sexual related cases within the church.

He said this was part of the work required by the Pope on how the church should address the issues relating to sexual offences.

The policy he said would address priests involved in sex scandals.

"All catholic churches are aware that this is happening," Father Loy Chong said.

He said the policy would also act as a guideline for priests.

Father Chong said priests could freely leave the priesthood and opt to get married.

He said the policy or the legislation would only be for those who were involved in sex scandals such as molesting minors etc.

He said the church's role in tackling the sex scandals originated from the objective of the church.

"More people are aware of it now than before."

He said in the US, there were workshops provided to office bearers and church members and those who work in the schools on their role as individual.

He said the workshop allowed church members to understand their conduct and the lines they have to maintain.

He said the legislation would be separate from the laws that were passed by the courts.


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