Michigan’s Attorney General’s office is “encouraged” by a change in the Vatican’s position on sexual abuse investigations.
This week, Pope Francis abolished the use of the Vatican's highest level of secrecy in handling clergy sexual abuse cases. The move could provide prosecutors greater access to previously hidden church documents and testimony.
Vatican critics caution proof of the effectiveness of the change would come when the Catholic hierarchy is forced to respond to inquiries from victims and grand jury subpoenas.
Kelly Rossman-McKinney is the spokeswoman for Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel.
She says the change in Vatican policy is good news for the victims of clergy abuse.
Rossman-McKinney adds, “If the pope has documents he wants us to have, we will take them.”