July 16 the Vatican announced the changes in church law to strengthen the fight against sexual abuse of children. However, critics of the Catholic Church say that these changes are not enough.
Now in the church's statute of limitations for such crimes increased from 10 to 20 years from the 18th birthday of the victim. Many victims of sexual violence for many years do not find the strength to tell about what happened to them. Attorney Charles Shyklyuna Vatican also said that, in some cases, the statute of limitations may be removed at all.
Moreover to the list of crimes within the competence of the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith and added possession of child pornography and sexual znevzhyvanne mentally ill.
However, the changes do not involve the responsibility of bishops for the crimes of their priests in the diocese, as well as non-binding report to the civil authorities about cases of sexual violence, even in those countries where it is required by law.
The greatest criticism of the changes caused by the addition "attempts to shine the dignity of women" to the list of most difficult church sins, along with heresy, schism and pedafiliyay.
American priest Roy Bourgeois says the newspaper International Herald Tribune, which has received from the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, and a letter in which he was excommunicated from the church in two months after, he attended at the dedication ceremony of women in orders. At the same time, says Bourgeois, the Congregation for several years considered the treatment of bishops defrocked priests pedophiles:
"What I did, supporting the ordination of women to the rank, considered a serious offense. But the priests, znevzhyvali children, criminals are not counted. What does this mean?
This leads to an ever deeper crisis in the church, which many fell or doubts whether it is possible to stay. "
For more than two decades of surveys among Roman Catholics in the United States show that most of them support the resolution to the priesthood for women.