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Kurt Martens, professor, canon law, was quoted in a Tablet story on mercy and serial abusers in the Church. See below.

POPE FRANCIS' VISION OF A MERCIFUL CHURCH LEAVES HIM OPEN TO ACCUSATIONS OF BEING SOFT ON PRIESTS WHO ABUSE CHILDREN

From: The Tablet
Date: Feb. 28, 2017
Author: Christopher Lamb


“The Pope has the power to make changes to verdicts but its highly imprudent to do so in abuse cases when the sentence has been handed out,” Professor Kurt Martens, a canon lawyer at the Catholic University of America told The Tablet. “You create the impression, as in the Inzoli case, that if you have powerful friends you can get preferential treatment. That sends the wrong signal, especially to victims."

He adds: “One of the roles of the penal system of the Church is to reform the offender, which in the case of Inzoli hasn’t happened, but it is also there to implement justice and repair any scandal.” ...


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