‘We showed no care for the little ones’: Pope’s letter vows to end sex abuse, coverups

Pope Francis, dealing with simultaneous clergy sexual abuse crises in a number of nations, on Monday wrote an unprecedented letter to the world’s Catholics that asks them to assist uproot “this tradition of dying.”

In the letter, addressed to “the folks of God,” he additionally promised that no effort shall be spared to stop abuse and coverups.

“Now we have realized that these wounds by no means disappear and that they require us forcefully to condemn these atrocities and be a part of forces in uprooting this tradition of dying,” he wrote.

“We showed no care for the little ones; we deserted them.”

The letter additionally responded to a latest grand jury report in Pennsylvania. He stated that whereas most instances in the report “belong to the previous,” it was clear that abuse “was lengthy ignored, stored quiet or silenced.”

A Vatican official stated it was the first time a pope had written to all of the world’s some 1.2 billion Catholics about sexual abuse. Previous letters on the scandal have been addressed to bishops and trustworthy in particular person nations.

The grand jury final week launched the findings of the largest-ever investigation of sex abuse in the U.S. Catholic Church, discovering that 301 monks in the state had sexually abused minors over the previous 70 years.

The letter was launched as the church faces sexual abuse scandals in plenty of nations, together with the United States, Chile and Australia. It additionally comes days earlier than he visits Eire, which continues to be reeling from the results of its personal abuse disaster. 

With recordsdata from The Related Press

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/pope-letter-coverups-church-sex-abuse-1.4791383?cmp=rss

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