Pope Francis condemned the atrocities of clerical sexual abuse to minors but offered no immediate solution to curb the vice that had eaten up the church, he said this during his speech ending a land mark Vatican conference on Sunday. The man of God however stopped short of proposing new policies to combat the crisis engulfing the catholic church.
“No abuse should ever be covered up as was often the case in the past or not taken sufficiently seriously, since the covering up of abuses favors the spread of evil and adds a further level of scandal,” Said Pope Francis
The Pope promised that guidelines used by bishops’ conferences to prevent abuse and punish perpetrators will be reviewed and strengthened. Speaking to some 190 senior Catholic bishops and religious superiors, the pope called abuse involving children a “universal problem.”
“The church has now become increasingly aware of the need not only to curb the gravest cases of abuse by disciplinary measures and civil and canonical processes, but also to decisively confront the phenomenon both inside and outside,” Francis said