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From The New York Times:
The Vatican has confirmed, apparently for the first time, that its department overseeing the world’s priests has general guidelines for what to do when clerics break celibacy vows and father children.
Guidelines - Vatican - Spokesman - Alessandro - Gisotti
“I can confirm that these guidelines exist,” the Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti wrote in response to a query from The New York Times. “It is an internal document.”
The issue is becoming harder to ignore.
Scandal - Vincent - Doyle - Son - Priest
“It’s the next scandal,” [Vincent Doyle, the son of a priest] said. “There are kids everywhere.”
As the Vatican prepares for an unprecedented meeting with the world’s bishops this week on the devastating child sexual abuse crisis, many people who feel they have been wronged by the church’s culture of secrecy and aversion to scandal will descend on Rome to press their cause.
Victims - Child - Abuse - Priests - Children
There will be the victims of clerical child abuse. There will be nuns sexually assaulted by priests. And there will be children of priests.
For the church, stories [of the children of priests] draw uncomfortable attention to the violation of celibacy by priests and, for some former clerics and liberals inside the church, raise the issue of whether it is time to make the requirement optional, as it is in other Christian churches.
Children - Result - Affairs - Priests - Laywomen
The children are sometimes the result of affairs involving priests and laywomen or nuns — others...
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