What are the protections for the legal rights of accused persons?

“The Obligations and Rights of All the Christian Faithful” — Canon Law

“No one is permitted to harm illegitimately the good reputation which a person possesses nor to injure the right of any person to protect his or her own privacy.”
“No one is permitted to damage unlawfully the good reputation which another person enjoys nor to violate the right of any person to protect his or her own privacy.”

“Vademecum” — CDF

“Since, as stated above, in this phase the possible guilt of the accused person has yet to be established, all care should be taken to avoid – in public statements or private communication – any affirmation made in the name of the Church, the Institute or Society, or on one’s own behalf, that could constitute an anticipation of judgement on the merits of the facts.”

To Guarantee an Effective Response to Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors” — USCCB

“A priest or deacon who is accused of sexual abuse of a minor is to be accorded the presumption of innocence during the investigation of the allegation and all appropriate steps are to be taken to protect his reputation. He is to be encouraged to retain the assistance of civil and canonical counsel. If the allegation is deemed not substantiated, every step possible is to be taken to restore his good name, should it have been harmed.
In fulfilling this article, dioceses/eparchies are to follow the requirements of the universal law of the Church and of the Essential Norms approved for the United States.”

“Case Procedures and Consultative Bodies” — The Catholic Diocese of Oslo and Trondheim Prelature

“The bishop, in consultation with the DEC (Diocesan Ethics Council), appoints support persons for the accuser and the accused. A support person shall be personally suited to the task, that is, he or she should have requisite professional and interpersonal competencies. One individual cannot be the support person for both parties. A support person should be someone the respective party can trust, and he or she will be appointed through dialogue with the said party”

“Outcomes Relating to the Accused” — ACBC

While the Church Authority may discuss future options with the accused cleric or clerical religious who has admitted to or been found guilty of the sexual abuse of minors, the ultimate decision rests with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. At all times the offending cleric or clerical religious may be offered the opportunity to petition the Holy Father for a dispensation from the clerical state.”

Powered by BetterDocs