New laws proposed by Pope Francis aim end the systemic sexual abuse within the catholic church by making it possible to remove Bishop’s from their positions if they fail to sack priests charged with paedophilia.

Historically, the Catholic Church has been accused of simply removing these problematic priests from their diocese and relocating them to another.

While there were already church laws in place which allow for Bishops to be removed for negligence on these issues, the Pope proposed this newer set in an attempt to define, more specifically, the “grave causes” which allow one to be removed.

The new laws also allow the Vatican to investigate Bishops who have been accused of sexually abusive activities, while also allowing them to begin the process of removal, though the Pope will have final say.