Pope Francesco issued on Tuesday the biggest amendment to the laws of the Catholic Church in nearly 40 years, tightening penalties for clergymen who harass minors and vulnerable groups of adults or who seek to ordain women, and embezzlers.
The amendment, which has been working on since 2009, includes the entire sixth section of the canon law, which includes about 1750 articles and is located in 7 volumes, and it replaces the law established by Pope John Paul II in 1983, and it will be effective on December 8th. .
The revised section includes about 90 articles dealing with crimes and punishments, and it incorporates many of the existing amendments introduced by Pope Francesco and his predecessor Benedict XVI.
The amended law warns those seeking to ordain a woman (installing her as priest), as well as the woman herself from the possibility of automatic excommunication, and the cleric also warns of the possibility of being stripped of his position.
Reflecting the series of financial scandals that the church has witnessed in recent decades, new provisions in the law include several financial crimes such as embezzlement of church funds or property or gross negligence in its management.