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16:40, 20 August 2018

Pope Francis Writes to Catholics Worldwide More than Sexual Abuse


Pope Francis Writes to Catholics Worldwide Over Sexual Abuse

Pope Francis Writes to Catholics Worldwide Over Sexual Abuse

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Pope Francis at the Vatican on Sunday. A letter issued on Monday may possibly have been the initial time a pope has addressed the world&rsquos 1.2 billion Catholics about sexual abuse, a Vatican spokesman mentioned.CreditGiuseppe Lami/EPA, by means of Shutterstock

By Elisabetta Povoledo

ROME &mdash Pope Francis issued a uncommon letter to Catholics about the planet on Monday, condemning the &ldquoatrocities&rdquo of priestly sexual abuse and its cover-up, demanding higher accountability, and asking his flock to &ldquojoin forces in uprooting this culture of death.&rdquo

The pope said that the church would spare no effort to make sure that such scenarios never ever happened again. But he acknowledged that much harm had already been completed, and that the church had fallen short of its responsibilities, to young children, and to the faithful.

&ldquoWith shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we had been not where we must have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the harm accomplished to so many lives,&rdquo Francis wrote. &ldquoWe showed no care for the little ones we abandoned them.&rdquo

A Vatican spokesperson mentioned it might have been the first time a pope has addressed the planet&rsquos 1.2 billion Catholics about sexual abuse.

In that letter, Francis denounced clericalism, the practice of focusing a lot more on the clergy than on the faithful. He returned to this believed in the letter issued on Monday.

&ldquoClericalism, no matter whether fostered by priests themselves or by lay persons,&rdquo the pope wrote, &ldquohelps to perpetuate a lot of of the evils that we are condemning nowadays. To say &lsquono&rsquo to abuse is to say an emphatic &lsquono&rsquo to all types of clericalism.&rdquo

The pope stated that it was important that all Catholics &ldquobe able to acknowledge and condemn, with sorrow and shame, the atrocities perpetrated by consecrated persons, clerics, and all these entrusted with the mission of watching more than and caring for those most vulnerable. Let us beg forgiveness for our personal sins and the sins of others.&rdquo

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Published at Mon, 20 Aug 2018 13:05:16 +0000


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