Pope Francis started his Sunday morning service by condemning the sexual abuse of young minors in the Catholic church. Pope Francis said he was committed to a careful oversight to ensure that youth are protected and that all responsible will be held accountable.
Some survivor activists have been urging Pope Francis to substantively address the sex abuse crisis during his visit. The advocates would have liked Pope Francis to emphasize the victims, and not the bishops, when he speaks on the issue.
“I commit to a careful oversight to ensure that youth are protected and that all responsible will be held accountable,” Francis said in remarks delivered at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, according to a live translation provided by a televised feed. “Those who have survived have become true heralds of mercy. Humbly we owe each of them our gratitude for their courage. And they have had to suffer terrible abuse, sexual abuse of minors. I say this I would like to express my gratitude to the archbishop and I felt it very important that I share this message with you today.”
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