Pope Francis once again changed the judicial system in the Vatican. With a decree published Friday, it now introduces a multi-stage judicial process primarily for bishops and cardinals. The previously applied reservation, which made the Vatican Court of Cassation alone, had jurisdiction in criminal cases against senior clergymen. These perks “come from the past,” says the new “Motu Proprio” (Apostolic Letter of Intent) From Francis.
According to his own statement, the Pope wants to ensure – except in some special cases – that the same rules apply to everyone. This corresponds to international standards, so Francis. For years, church law has also stipulated “true equality of dignity and vigor” for all believers. Changes made now add to the Vatican State Order of Judgment on March 16, 2020. At that time, the Pope essentially strengthened the independence of law enforcement and the right to defense. The Pope’s right to take action at any time remains unaffected. (Catbrys)