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Vatican Sex Crimes Prosecutor to Bishops: Punish Pedophiles or Face Sanctions

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"be aware of this scourge and to eliminate it from the priesthood.”

ROME (The Blaze/AP) -- The Vatican's sex crimes prosecutor has warned bishops that they must follow the church's laws and standards on dealing with priests who sexually abuse children or face possible church sanctions for negligence.

Monsignor Charles Scicluna spoke Wednesday on the sidelines of a Vatican-backed symposium on clerical sex abuse that is designed to help bishops craft guidelines to protect children and keep pedophiles out of the priesthood.

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