VATICAN CITY. The Vatican on Thursday made sweeping revisions to its laws on sexual abuse, doubling a statute of limitations for disciplinary action against priests and ex-tending the use of fast-track proced-ures to defrock them.


The updated rules also codified as a “grave crime” against church law “the attempted ordination of a woman” to conform with a decree issued in 2007 to deal with a growing movement in favor of a female priesthood.


The Catholic Church teaches that it cannot ordain women as priests because Christ chose only men as his apostles.

 
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