Kurt Martens , associate professor, canon law, was quoted in a June 19 National Catholic Register article about the Vatican's tougher standards regarding the mishandling of clergy sexual abuse.

From: National Catholic Register Date: June 19, 2015 Author: Brian Fraga

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Pope Francis accepted the recent bishops' resignations under canon-law provisions that allow bishops to resign their office for reasons of serious ill health or other grave causes that compromise their ability to lead, said Kurt Martens, an associate professor of canon law at The Catholic University of America.

"Canonically speaking, we can only say that they submitted their resignation and it was accepted by the Holy Father, for whatever reason that may be," Martens said.

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