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Updated at 3:30 p.m. EST to add reaction roundup links.

The Vatican has issued its revised church guidelines, clarifying how clergy abuse should be handled (along with other forbidden acts, such as ordaining women).

Based on the Associated Press, The New York Times, On Faith, and a few other outlets I’ve checked this morning, the guidelines are a step in the right direction, but as expected, victims and their advocates say they don’t go far enough — particularly since there’s still no codified requirement for bishops to report abuse to the police. Some also take exception to including female priests in the same category as pedophile priests, at least in terms of crimes “against the sacraments.”

Here are some links to reactions in media outlets and the blogosphere:

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the Comments section below.

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