Monday, 22 April, 2019

Pope Francis Admits Priests, Bishops Have Sexually Abused Nuns

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Patty Aguilar | 08 February, 2019, 21:32

2 weeks before bishops' meet, says he's committed to doing more to fight the problemPope Francis has publicly acknowledged the scandal of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns and vowed to do more to fight the problem, the latest sign that there is no end in sight to the Catholic Church's abuse crisis-and that it now has a reckoning from the #MeToo movement.

The pontiff's comments on Tuesday to reporters on his return from the United Arab Emirates to the Vatican after a historic trip to the largely Muslim country were the first time he has addressed the issue of sexual abuse against nuns by priests, calling the attacks a larger "cultural problem".

Last week a Vatican magazine reported on nuns aborting the children of priests And an investigation by the Associated Press past year revealed cases of abuse of nuns in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America - cases in which the Vatican had not sufficiently punished offenders or supported victims.

Pope Francis praised a little girl's courage after she sprinted through security at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi on February 5 to hand-deliver him a letter.

"'It's true, ' Francis said".

Failure by church officials to take action on sexual abuse allegations has been one of the biggest scandals to hit Roman Catholicism globally in recent years. The abuse was "still going on, because it's not something that just goes away like that", he added. He said Benedict acted "because a certain slavery of women had crept in, slavery to the point of sexual slavery on the part of clergy or the founder". Reports of such abuse are known to have been made from Chile to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Italy, India, Kenya, Peru and Ukraine.

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Pope Francis said sexual abuse of nuns was likely to be an ongoing problem in "new" congregations. "But it's a path that we have already begun", he added.

The International Union of Superiors General, which represents female Catholic religious orders around the world, denounced in November what it called the "culture of silence and secrecy" in the church that kept nuns from speaking about abuse.

The pope was responding to a question about clergymen who target adult nuns and what approach the Holy See is considering to eradicate it. Francis's admission of the problem was "the umpteenth blow to the church's image, but also an occasion to show that change really is underway", Scaraffia said.

The Community of St Jean admitted in 2013 that Philippe had behaved "in ways that went against chastity" with several women in the order, according to the French Catholic newspaper "La Croix".

"There are cases, usually in new congregations and in some regions more than others".

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