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Vatican 'speeds up' abuse cases

The Vatican has issued new instructions to speed up the handling of the "most urgent" cases of sex abuse by priests, after a series of abuse scandals.

And it will now define child pornography as a crime recognised by the Catholic Church.

But, the new rules also designate attempts to ordain women priests as a "grave crime" the same phrase used to describe the abuse of children.

David Willey reports from Rome.

  • 15 Jul 2010
  • From the section Europe