Rome: Pope Francis on Friday empowered the Vatican’s civilian courts to try cardinals and bishops. It is a historic reform that eliminates long-standing privileges for senior church officials.
Until now, criminal cases could only be decided by a three-judge Supreme Court, with the help of judges two or more times. From May 1, under the new system, he will be tried by the Vatican’s regular criminal court system, determined by civil judges rather than civil priests.
In order to ensure the equality of all members of the Church and their equal dignity and position, without any privileges, which is the history of earlier times, Francis said in a statement of “Moto Proprietor”, “important This change has begun because of the need.
However, any criminal trial against a cardinal or bishop would require prior permission from the pope. The reform was announced at a time when it was unclear whether Vatican prosecutors were prosecuting former Vatican officials, including Italian cardinal Angelo Beccio.
In September, the pope abruptly fired Beko as head of the Vatican’s portfolio, when he was told he had to go into charity to help his siblings. Beckwith has insisted he is innocent, and has not been charged with any crime, but in January the prosecution said it wanted a case of embezzlement for a woman who had given him counseling. What was