Wednesday 21 February 2018

Pope Francis vows crackdown on clerical abuse and those who cover it up

Pope Francis vowed strict measures in the battle against abuse
Pope Francis vowed strict measures in the battle against abuse
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Pope Francis has promised the "firmest measures possible" against priests who rape and molest children and said he will hold accountable bishops and religious superiors who cover up for them.

Francis met on Thursday for the first time with his sex abuse advisory commission, which was created in 2014 to advise him and the Catholic Church on best practices to keep paedophiles out of the priesthood and protect children.

The commission has held educational workshops in dioceses around the world, but has faced such stiff resistance to some of its proposals at the Vatican that its most prominent member, abuse survivor Marie Collins, resigned in frustration in March.

The commission's statutes and membership are up for review, and it remains to be seen if victims will be included.

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