Francis said in studying the archives the wartime pope’s decisions may appear to some as “reticence” and were instead attempts “to maintain, in times of the deepest darkness and cruelty, the small flame of humanitarian initiatives, of hidden but active diplomacy”. Continue reading Vatican to open secret archives of WWII pope in 2020
“Our work has made us realise once again that the gravity of the scourge of the sexual abuse of minors is, and historically has been, a widespread phenomenon in all cultures and societies,” he said. Continue reading Pope compares child sex abuse to ‘human sacrifice’
“We don’t for example have any statutory limitations when it comes to prosecuting people who are perpetrators of child sex abuse, and we’ve brought in mandatory reporting over the last year and that’s not the case in other countries.”
He added: “But I believe whether its the law of the land or not, it’s good practice and should be applied across the board by the church all over the world, and they have the power to do that if they wish to do so.”
Francis condemned the “crime” of all those responsible in any abuse within the church, and any subsequent cover-ups, and insisted that Catholics must be involved in greater efforts to root it out.
“We have realised that these wounds never disappear and that they require us forcefully to condemn these atrocities and join forces in uprooting this culture of death,” he wrote.
“We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them.”
The Vatican published the letter ahead of the first Papal visit to Ireland in almost 40 years, with protests being planned in Dublin over the abuse scandal, which has also emerged in Chile and Australia. Continue reading MLST NEWS:Pope Francis begs forgiveness over ‘crime’ of Catholic Church sex abuse