A catholic archbishop in Brazil has banned priests from being alone with children. Manoel Delson signed the decree following a court order for the church to pay around $3.22 million in compensation over the sexual exploitation of children.
It was also the same day the catholic pope admitted that the catholic church has an ongoing problem with priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns.
The decree prohibits priests from being in the company of children and any vulnerable adults unless they are accompanied by parents or guardians. They will also no longer be allowed to offer accommodations to children, and “spiritual care” has to be done in locations that “ensure safety and visibility.”