Pope Francis has issued a ground-breaking new law to combat sex abuse in the Catholic church.
Starting next month, all priests and nuns will be required to report abuse and cover-ups including those of their superiors to church authorities
Today’s sweeping guidelines by the pope cover the issues of sexual abuse of minors, child pornography, and importantly the abuse of power, which would apply to seminarians and nuns.
Significantly, the guidelines address the issue of covering up abuse and require all priests and nuns to promptly report it.
The protocols are also global, applying to the entire church.
The decision is being seen as a major reform in the catholic church following the landmark sex abuse summit back in february.