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Pope Francis at the end of his weekly general audience in St Peter's yesterday (AP)

The first English translation of the Pope’s announcement on harmonising Eastern and Latin canon law. Translated by Fr James Bradley and Ed Condon

'The abuse crisis was caused by abusers in the first place, but the crisis became a catastrophe because many bishops were not properly capable of oversight' (CNS)

The Pope’s new set of canons are significant because they locate the epicenter of the abuse crisis in the episcopacy

Bishops queue to meet Pope Francis after a general audience (AP)

The potential scope of the new definition of episcopal negligence is of huge significance

Pope Francis has made it explicit that Church leaders can be dismissed for negligence on abuse (AP)

Under new procedures, Vatican will launch an investigation when there is ‘serious evidence’ of negligence

A statue in Prague of the Czech reformer Jan Hus, convicted of heresy by the Council of Constance and executed in 1415 (PA)

Heresy has a specific meaning. Throwing the term around doesn’t help intra-Catholic debates

The cast of Spotlight, which has received rave reviews

In the post-Vatican II Church notions of crime and justice had no place and abusers were labelled as victims

Pope Francis prays during a general audience in St Peter's Square at the Vatican earlier this month (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

The initial effects of Mitis Iudex are now beginning to filter through into actual cases being heard before tribunals

Pope Francis (AP)

The Pope has made canon law changes with the aim of making marriage annulment quicker and cheaper

A Church of the poor?  (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, pool)

Is the Church rich? It depends

But there is one country where the Church seems to be very wealthy

'The truth of law illuminates the mercy of God' (CNS)

The Pope’s recent comment about ‘doctors of the law’ is being flung in canonists’ faces