In order to have better transparency, Pope Francis revoked secrecy rules for instances of sexual abuse. This allows the Roman Catholic church to accord documents and information with the civil authorities and also supports the victims to be updated on the standing of their cases.
Countries like the United States have already received files from the church but the system is not worldly. Few Catholic churches from different countries have refused to cooperate in some cases invoking the pontifical secret.
According to Chruch laws, the pontifical secret has a tremendous level of secrecy which has numerous administrative cases like nominations of cardinals, investigations by the Secretariat of State, and by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Archbishop Charles Scicluna, Vatican’s best sexual abuse investigator said that Pontifical secret can no longer serve as an excuse.
The secrecy rule has faced numerous criticisms from the Vatican church official during the summit which was held in February.