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Unless the Pope formally abrogates the Order’s rights, no Vatican department can investigate the Order – and certainly not the Secretariat of State

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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