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Catholic Bishops’ Conference to Set up System for Reporting Sexual Abuse

MTI-Hungary Today 2019.06.06.

 The Hungarian Catholic Bishops’ Conference (MKPK) on Thursday said it is setting up a system for reporting sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

Addressing a press conference after the MKPK’s regular summer session, MKPK secretary Tamás Tóth said the system will be implemented in the autumn.

He noted that under new rules issued recently by Pope Francis, dioceses have a year to devise systems for reporting abuse.

Though the Hungarian system will be designed to function at a national level, it will assign significant responsibility to the various dioceses and diocesan bishops, Tóth said, noting that the “Motu Proprio” issued by the pope clearly stipulates who must be in charge of investigating reports of sexual abuse.

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