Vatican Issues New Rules on Religious; Safeguarding

Pope Francis issues new guidelines this week on members of religious orders who leave their community without permission and also on child protection for Vatican City-State.

“Communis Vita” amends canon law (Canons 694 and 729) to allow dismissal of a religious who is “illegitimately absent” from his or her community without permission and without contact for 12 months. The new law, which is not retroactive, goes into effect on April 10, 2019.  Read more: Vatican News article and text (in Latin) and Catholic News Service article

On March 29, the Vatican released new safeguarding law plus guidelines for Vatican City-State. These include reporting, formation/education, pastoral care, a statute of limitation, and more. Catholic News Service gives a good overview and list of what is included here. The Vatican announcement is here.