Thursday, May 04, 2006

Crimen Sollicationis

Crimen Sollicationis - Latin for "the crime of solicitation" - issued in
1962 by the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), an
office attached to the Vatican. Described as a "blueprint for
deception and concealment" by lawyers investigating the
worldwide sex-abuse scandals, Crimen Sollicationis contains
strict instructions for dealing with what the Vatican calls the
 "worst crimes" - such as allegations of paedophilia and bestiality.
Rather than report these offences to the civil authorities, the CDF
instructs bishops to
investigate them "in the most secretive way"
or face the "penalty of excommunication
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