Normae de Gravioribus Delictis
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith

Normae de Gravioribus Delictis - Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
This 31-article document, promulgated by the Holy See on 15 July 2010, streamlines the process for dealing with priests who sexually abuse minors, as well as clarifying and updating other procedures and crimes handled by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The document, much of whose content was already in force, was approved by Benedict XVI on May 21. It is a reform of the Motu Proprio, Sacramentorum Sanctitatis Tutela, promulgated 30 April 2001.

Introduction to Modifications in Normae de Gravioribus Delictis - Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
With the promulgation of Normae de Gravioribus Delictis, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith provided a "brief description of the changes and amendments of the normative text, Sacramentorum sanctitatis tutela. A letter from the Congregation to the Bishops, Ordinaries, and Hierarchs of the Catholic Church is appended.

The Significance of the Norms Concerning the Most Serious Crimes - Fr Federico Lombardi, SJ
Fr Lombardi, Director of the Holy See Press Office, explains how the new "Norms Concerning the Most Serious Crimes" clarify and simplify the Church's investigation and punishment of such crimes as sexual abuse of minors, heresy, and profanation of the sacraments.

Historical Introduction to the Norms of Sacramentorum Sanctitatis Tutela - Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith gives a brief history of the development of canon law regarding grave crimes reserved to the competence of the Holy See.


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