The Vatican has made it clear that bishops and other Catholic Church officials must now report any allegations of sexual abuse to the police or other proper authorities.
It's the first time the Vatican has issued explicit details for its leaders to follow. And the new guide is now posted on its Web site.
This comes following recent charges that the Catholic Church may have concealed abuse reports.
The church's second-highest authority spoke about the sex scandals in Chile on Monday.
Cardinal Tarcisco Bertone, the Vatican's secretary of state, said the abuse should be blamed on homosexuality, not celibacy. He says while psychologists and psychiatrists have shown there's no link between celibacy and pedophilia, others have found a relationship between homosexuality and pedophilia.