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Pope Francis Requires ‘All-Out Battle’ to Combat Scourge of Sexual Abuse

February 24, 2019 • By

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis ended a landmark Vatican assembly on clerical sexual abuse with an attraction “for an all-out battle against the abuse of minors,” which he in comparison with human sacrifice, however he didn’t provide concrete coverage cures demanded by most of the devoted.

In a speech on the finish of a Mass within the Apostolic Palace’s frescoed Sala Reggia corridor, Francis argued that “even a single case of abuse” within the Roman Catholic Church — which he stated was the work of the satan — should be met “with the utmost seriousness.”

He stated that eradicating the scourge required greater than authorized processes and “disciplinary measures.”

“To combat this evil that strikes at the very heart of our mission,” the pope stated, the church wanted to guard kids “from ravenous wolves.”

Francis referred to as the assembly in September, summoning church leaders from all over the world amid a cascade of civil investigations into clerical sexual abuse in the US and accusations from inside his personal hierarchy that he had coated up the misconduct of a prime prelate, Theodore McCarrick, a former cardinal and archbishop of Washington who was defrocked.

A long time after the sexual abuse disaster first exploded in the US, Francis sought to get the church’s leaders on the identical web page for the primary time.

Excessive-profile instances involving the negligence by bishops, the abuse of nuns and different misconduct added to the stress on Francis to do greater than talk about ending the disaster.

On Sunday, he in contrast the abuse of minors to “sacrificing human beings, frequently children, in pagan rites.”

“Consecrated persons, chosen by God to guide souls to salvation, let themselves be dominated by their human frailty or sickness and thus become tools of Satan,” he added. “In abuse, we see the hand of the evil that does not spare even the innocence of children. No explanations suffice for these abuses involving children.”

Francis sought to tamp down expectations concerning the assembly, fostered by a few of his personal bishops, that the convention would ship concrete cures to finish a scourge that has devastated the church and threatened the legacy of his papacy.

He stated the assembly had been supposed to teach all of the bishops on the gravity of the issue of sexual abuse; many have been skeptical about such instances of their dwelling nations.

Trustworthy Catholics — particularly these in the US and different nations that had grappled with the issue for years — had demanded greater than soothing homilies: They wished motion that might maintain their leaders accountable, as soon as and for all.

They didn’t get it from the pope’s speech, however church officers have hinted that concrete coverage modifications are on the horizon, particularly on problems with transparency and bishop accountability that have been mentioned in the course of the assembly.

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, the president of the US Convention of Catholic Bishops, stated on Saturday that he was “very pleased” with the assembly, despite the fact that particular motion nonetheless wanted to be decided.

“This went far better than I think some of us had hoped,” he stated. “Now you have the bishops all saying it’s ubiquitous.”

At first, some nations didn’t wish to admit that that they had the identical points as the US, Cardinal DiNardo stated, however ultimately he was impressed with the consensus developed among the many world bishops.

He stated he additionally anticipated that the American church can be requested for sources to help different dioceses in rolling out reforms.

“That’s what I think people want,” he stated. “They want us to take action.”