Listen Live
    Female expression

    Thou Shall Not Watch Porn With Kids, Says Indian Catholic Church - Reports

    CC0
    Asia & Pacific
    Get short URL
    2 0 0
    Subscribe

    Kerala Catholic Bishops Council (KCBC) has spelled out detailed guidelines in line with a recommendation made by the Catholic Bishops Council of India (CBCI) that required all diocese to formulate policies for church workers involved in the care of minors and vulnerable adults. It has called for reporting all sexual offences to law enforcement.

    New Delhi (Sputnik): The KCBC has promulgated firm directives for church clergy, religious orders, church employees and lay volunteers to "refrain from viewing and exhibiting any sexually explicit or morally inappropriate material in the presence of minors and vulnerable adults", reported Indian media daily Deccan Chronicle. It has defined a vulnerable adult as a person who is physically, mentally, or emotionally impaired, or is otherwise unable to function as typical adults.

    READ MORE: India Proposes 7-year Jail Term for Sharing of Child Porn on WhatsApp

    People engaged in church activities are required not to indulge in or encourage sexually offensive conversations, whether humourous or otherwise, in the presence of minors and vulnerable adults. They are not to engage in actions that constitute harassment, which may include physical or mental abuse, unwelcome sexual advances, promiscuous touching, sexual comments and jokes, soliciting sexual favours in exchange for employment, promotion or any such benefits, the new church directive for Catholics says. 

    Detailing the directives, KCBC ordered that no church personnel shall house minors in a church rectory or living quarters of clergy neither unless accompanied by the parent or parent-designated adult, nor should these be left alone in secluded or isolated places. Minors are not be administered physical discipline nor should their photographs be taken when they are naked or getting dressed.
    KCBC guidelines stipulate that on encountering cases of sexual abuse of minors the church personnel are required to report them to the relevant civil authorities and cooperate with them in investigations.

    READ MORE: New Report Shows Sexual Abuse in Catholic Church Remains Unsolved — Cardinal

    The directives have defined a minor as anyone who is below the age of 18, and church personnel are clerics, lay employees, church volunteers, religious people and seminarians. Sexual abuse was defined as any sexual assault or harassment defined in The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 as per Indian law.

    Related:

    Native American Who Confronted US Catholic Students NOT Vietnam Veteran - Report
    ‘Click to Pray’: Stay Tuned For Prayers With Pope Francis in New Catholic App
    Catholic Church Victorious in Alleged Wrangle Over Trevi Fountain Coins
    Homosexuality to Blame for Sexual Abuse, Not Catholic Church - Cardinal
    Tags:
    Catholic, Porn, Catholic Church, priesthood, Kerala, India
    Community standardsDiscussion
    Comment via FacebookComment via Sputnik