Mar 29 2019 The Vatican amended its canon law covering sex abuse to include vulnerable adults several years ago, but never defined it. Before there was a situation where a group of kids were there, in the Vatican City State, but they were seemingly in a legal limbo, he said. ''I see this as something positive,' he told the AP. At the Sunday conclusion of the historic sexual abuse summit convened by Pope Francis, Vatican officials announced 'concrete initiatives' generated by the meeting. 'Vatican officials say these are 'first steps' in an effort to 'abolish every form of violence and abuse against minors. Cardinal Cupich's proposal would now go to the U. Conference of Catholic Bishops as they formulate their plan following this summit.