The Vatican sent a letter to bishops around the world Monday offering guidance on dealing with reports of clerical sexual abuse.
But the suggestions in the letter from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith are vague and nonbinding and fall far short of recommending the tough U.S.-style norms that bar a credibly accused priest from ministry while his case is investigated.
The head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, was arrested over the weekend in New York on suspicion of attempted rape. The charges relate to an assault on a chamber maid at a New York hotel. Strauss-Kahn, who denies all the charges, had been expected to run for president of France.