Pope's Ruling on Pervert Priests Snubs Nolan Report
Byline: Helen Bruce
The Pope has ruled paedophile priest allegations should be handled in private without police involvement - a direct contradiction of Birmingham-led advances in child protection.
It emerged yesterday that the new set of rules, promoted by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, were approved by Pope John Paul II and quietly published in Latin in the Holy See's official gazette.
The new rules also say victims must make their accusations within ten years after turning 18. The Roman Catholic Church of England and Wales last night sought to distance itself from the guidelines.
One victim said it made a mockery of the child protection measures drawn up last year by Lord Nolan for the Church. Such initiatives, spearheaded by the Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Rev Vincent Nichols, recommended police involvement once an allegation was made.
They also resulted in the creation in Birmingham of a national child protection unit and the appointment of regional child protection officers.
A victim of Warwickshire paedophile priest Eric Taylor said: 'It makes a complete nonsense of everything the Nolan committee achieved. …