The revised norms "codify seven modifications." Among them are increasing the stature of limitations from ten to twenty years and giving the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) “the right, as mandated by the Roman Pontiff, to judge Cardinals, Patriarchs, Legates of the Apostolic See, [and] Bishops.” Robert Moynihan of Latin Mass Magazine sent out an extended letter about the document today which is online here. He titles it Benedict Gets Serious. Let's hope he's right. When the CDF disciplines a few bad bishops I'll take it a lot more seriously.
Vatican revises norms for clerical abuse of minors, other ‘exceptionally serious’ crimes
The Holy See Press Office has published a revised edition of the 2001 norms dealing with clerical abuse of minors and other “exceptionally serious” crimes against faith and morals.
“The norms of canon law dealing with crimes of sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy have been published today in a comprehensive and updated form, in a document which covers all the crimes the Church considers as exceptionally serious and, for that reason, subject to the competency of the Tribunal of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,” said Father Federico Lombardi, SJ, the director of the Holy See Press Office. “Apart from sexual abuse, these include crimes against the faith and against the Sacraments of the Eucharist, Penance and Holy Orders.” ......