New law applies only to the Vatican, the only territory where the church has civil authority, but it is the way the Pope gives the example to the bishops around the world on how to change the internal norms
Pope Francis approved this week a new Vatican law that makes it mandatory to report suspected sexual abuse and which includes fines and prison sentences for those who choose not to inform the authorities. The new law only applies in the Vatican City State - the only territory where the Pope and the Church have civil jurisdiction - but it is a concrete first result of the summit held last month in the Vatican with bishops from all around the world to discuss the responsibility of the Catholic Church in responding to cases of sexual abuse. At the time, Pope Francis made it clear that it was necessary to adopt concrete measures that go beyond "simple and obvious condemnations."
Source: O País