1. Various of the exterior of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Monsignor G. Michael Bugarin, Archdiocese of Detroit:
"What the Holy Father issued today in his motu proprio, 'You Are the Light of the World,' is really legislation for the entire Catholic Church on reporting cases of clergy sexual abuse and also protection for whistleblowers."
3. Various of cross outside, area behind altar inside
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Monsignor G. Michael Bugarin, Archdiocese of Detroit:
"The Holy Father in offering this legislation is really instituting it for the entire universal church. And I know a lot of bishops that are welcoming this legislation, because it gives clear focus and clear direction to what bishops are called to do in the midst of the crisis."
5. Various of the area behind the altar
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Monsignor G. Michael Bugarin, Archdiocese of Detroit:
"It also really gives a mechanism for people within the church to also report where they believe that there have been abuses or cover-ups or mishandling of cases individually by bishops or superiors in the church."
7. Various of a crucifix and a cross covered in flowers
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Monsignor G. Michael Bugarin, Archdiocese of Detroit:
"The new law is very clear that there is to be protection for whistleblowers. There can't be any type of retaliation taken against them."
9. Wide of pews, various of a baptismal font named in honor of St. Peter
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Monsignor G. Michael Bugarin, Archdiocese of Detroit:
"Everyone's welcoming this legislation, because it really gives clearly defined protocol, which is something that we need. The Holy Father from the very beginning of the clergy sex abuse crisis said, 'Conversion of heart is one thing, but we need concrete action steps.' And the Holy Father lived up to his promise that there would be concrete action steps for bishops to be held accountable. And the issuance of this law today really is his way of showing the action steps that the Holy See is willing to take."
An official with the Archdiocese of Detroit is welcoming Pope Francis' new church law about reporting clergy sex abuse and investigating bishops for cover-ups.
Monsignor G. Michael Bugarin, who is Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron's Episcopal vicar and delegate for matters of clergy misconduct, said the edict "gives clear focus and clear direction to what bishops are called to do in the midst of the crisis."
The church law, published Thursday, requires all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-ups by their superiors to church authorities, in a groundbreaking new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect their flocks.
The law provides whistleblower protections for anyone making a report and requires all dioceses around the world to have a system in place to receive the claims confidentially, and it outlines procedures for conducting preliminary investigations when the accused is a bishop, cardinal or religious superior.
It's the latest effort by Francis to respond to the global eruption of the sex abuse and cover-up scandal that has devastated the credibility of the Catholic hierarchy and his own papacy.
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