Talk to new bishops does not change guidelines on abuse, Vatican says

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February 16, 2016

In this 2013 file photo, St. Peter's Basilica is reflected in a puddle of water at the Vatican. (CNS/photo Alessandro Di Meo, EPA) See VATICAN-ABUSE-BISHOPS Feb. 16, 2016.

In this 2013 file photo, St. Peter’s Basilica is reflected in a puddle of water at the Vatican. (CNS/photo Alessandro Di Meo, EPA)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A talk given to new bishops during a Vatican-sponsored course does not represent new guidelines on the church’s response to abuse against minors by religious, a Vatican spokesman said.

A 44-page report authored by French Msgr. Tony Anatrella and just published by the Vatican publishing house “is not in any way — as someone erroneously interpreted — a new Vatican document or a new instruction or new guidelines for bishops,” Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi said in a written statement released late Feb. 11.

The talk was part of a conference of experts given in September and was “published together with other (talks) on different subjects,” Father Lombardi wrote.

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