Vatican seeks standardized abuse response

It comes in a new handbook outlining the procedures to follow when an ordained minister is accused of abusing a minor. Addressed to bishops, ordinaries, religious superiors and legal professionals, the handbook outlines what constitutes the crime, what steps to take when allegations are made, how a preliminary investigation is to be conducted, the role of the CDF, and what possible penal procedures entail, as well as procedures for when an accused party makes an appeal.