Local Catholics respond to new Vatican rules - KSLA News 12 Shreveport, Louisiana News Weather & Sports

Local Catholics respond to new Vatican rules

By Brittany Pieper – email

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) – For years, the issue of sexual abuse by priests has brought the Catholic Church criticism. Thursday, the Vatican tried to address the issue with a new set of guidelines that allows bishops to speed the process of removing an abusive priest and extends the time a victim can report a crime until their 38th birthday. It also makes possessing or distributing child pornography a crime.

However, victim's groups across the nation say the new rules miss the boat because they don't require bishops to report abuse to authorities. The new rules also do not include a one strike, you're out policy that the groups hoped for.

"This is reckless because it lends the impression that the Vatican is taking action, when it's merely a few guidelines," said Mark Serrano, an abuse survivor.

Local Catholics disagree. The Diocese of Shreveport says it supports the new norms, and across the U.S. Bishops are required to report abuse.

"Here in America, we have a zero tolerance policy," said the Diocese of Shreveport's Development Director, John Willcox.

Chris Davis, a parishioner at St. John Bershman's Cathedral in Shreveport says he's had friends criticize him for being Catholic, but in the past decade he's seen the church take action. He, along with all church volunteers and employees, must go through training.

"That training not only teaches us how to spot it, how to deal with it, but how to prevent it," said Davis.

Davis feels the local Catholic Church has responded to the scandal through its actions, and plans to continue raising his children in the faith.

"It's still the same church it's always been. Our creed, our faith, hasn't changed for centuries," said Davis.

Another hot-button issue in the new rules include calling ordaining a woman as a priest a "grave crime".

©2010 KSLA-TV. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • College student arrested; tried to trade chicken alfredo, Sprite for sex

    College student arrested; tried to trade chicken alfredo, Sprite for sex

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 3:38 PM EST2017-12-13 20:38:04 GMT

    Youngstown State University student Albert Maruna was caught red-handed and arrested this week after he allegedly attempted to have sex with a 15-year-old boy, who turned out to be an undercover officer.  

    More >>

    Youngstown State University student Albert Maruna was caught red-handed and arrested this week after he allegedly attempted to have sex with a 15-year-old boy, who turned out to be an undercover officer.  

    More >>
  • Roy Moore responds after Senate loss to Doug Jones

    Roy Moore responds after Senate loss to Doug Jones

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 10:58 PM EST2017-12-14 03:58:33 GMT
    (Source: Moore campaign)(Source: Moore campaign)

    Roy Moore has released a statement following his loss to Senator-elect Doug Jones in Tuesday's election.  Moore released a video to the people of Alabama. The transcript is below: Tomorrow, my wife and I will celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary. I want to thank her and all my family, for standing with me through this long and arduous campaign. And of course, I want to thank all of you who have stood with me in this very important battle for the future of our country. We ...

    More >>

    Roy Moore has released a statement following his loss to Senator-elect Doug Jones in Tuesday's election.  Moore released a video to the people of Alabama. The transcript is below: Tomorrow, my wife and I will celebrate our 32nd wedding anniversary. I want to thank her and all my family, for standing with me through this long and arduous campaign. And of course, I want to thank all of you who have stood with me in this very important battle for the future of our country. We ...

    More >>
  • Dan Johnson: KY State Rep. kills himself in Bullitt County

    Dan Johnson: KY State Rep. kills himself in Bullitt County

    Wednesday, December 13 2017 11:29 PM EST2017-12-14 04:29:43 GMT

    Kentucky state representative "Pope" Dan Johnson has committed suicide, days after a report surfaced alleging he assaulted a teenage girl in 2013.

    More >>

    Kentucky state representative "Pope" Dan Johnson has committed suicide, days after a report surfaced alleging he assaulted a teenage girl in 2013.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly