Current Events that make sense #25

The world's news is saturated with content, making it difficult to sift through, and even more difficult to comprehend in its complexity. Here's what you need to know about the week that was.

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Tribunal for Bishops in the Vatican

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Pope Francis has created a tribunal, so that bishops can be trialled when accused of covering up the sexual abuse cases of priests.

 

Sexual abuse in the Catholic Church has been a recurring news story over the last three decades. Over this time, many victim groups have called for clearer procedures and tougher penalties in the church.

 

Previously, bishops could only be punished by the Pope, but the two Popes prior to Pope Francis never confronted bishops who were ignoring abuse.

 

The new system gives the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith the authority to determine whether bishops were truly negligent. However, victim groups say this step will not change much as it is still church officials who are judging other church officials.

 

Turkey elections

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Turkey had their election this week, and for the first time in over a decade, the ruling party lost their majority.

 

The AK Party is run by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Mr Erdogan has been criticised by international authorities over the last few years after anti-government protests in 2013 as well as instances such as where he banned the use of Twitter. He hoped that by winning another majority he could rewrite the Constitution to give him more power, but alas. One party who received votes in favour of the AK was the Kurdish People’s Democratic Party, representing a minority who have had clashes with the Turkish government in the past. For the first time, their party passed the 10% voting threshold to enter Parliament.

 

Now that a coalition will have to be formed, Erdogan will find it harder to get what he wants.

 

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