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Measuring the change

There’s not much room for doubt about whether the Catholic Church’s attitude towards reporting sex abuse to civil authorities has changed after reading a 2001 letter from the former prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy. Colombian Cardinal Dario Castrillón Hoyos congratulated a French bishop for not reporting an abuser priest to the police. He wrote to Bishop Pierre Pican of Bayeux-Lisieux, in France: