Pope Francis expressed grief over church sexual abuse case
Pope Francis on Wednesday expressed grief over the large number of child sexual abuse within the church in France, saying it was an “embarrassment” to him and the Roman Catholic Church. At the same time, he acknowledged the failure to meet the needs of the victims. In a report released on Tuesday, it was told that since 1950, about three lakh 30 thousand children have been sexually abused by the clergy and other church officials. The Pope expressed his embarrassment at the conversation during his regular audience talks at the Vatican.
Francis said, ‘Unfortunately this is a very large number. I express my grief over the pain and shock that the victims suffered. It is a shame for me, a shame for us and it is the incompetence of the Church.’ He appealed to all bishops and religious leaders to take necessary steps to prevent such incidents. That about three thousand priests and other unknown people associated with the Catholic Church sexually abused children.
Covered up sexual harassment in a “phased manner”
Jean-Marc Save, the chairman of the independent commission that released the findings, said on Tuesday that Catholic authorities “stepped up” on 70 years of sexual assault. The victims welcomed the 2500-page document and the head of France’s Catholic diocesan organization apologized to them. Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday sent his “thoughts” for the victims.
On the sidelines of a European meeting in Slovenia, he said, “Behind the numbers and the dire conditions, there are broken lives.” Macron said, “there is a need for truth and compensation.” He said that work remains to be done to implement the changes in the report and better protect children. This report has been released by the commission’s chairman Jean-Marc Sauve. Olivier Savignac, head of the victims’ union ‘Parlor at Rivers’ (Speak Out and Live Again), contributed to the investigation. He told the news agency Associated Press that this high rate of victims is terrible for French society and the Catholic Church (Child Abuse in French Catholic Church). It took two and a half years for the commission to prepare the report. For this the statements of the victims and witnesses have been heard. When the investigation of the matter was started, the Holline was also issued.
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