The Associated Press reports:
Pope Francis expressed “shame” for himself and the Roman Catholic Church on Wednesday for the scale of child sexual abuse within the church in France and acknowledged failures in putting the needs of victims first.
The pope spoke during his regular audience at the Vatican about a report released Tuesday that estimated some 330,000 French children were abused by clergy and other church authority figures dating back to 1950.
“There is, unfortunately, a considerable number. I would like to express to the victims my sadness and pain for the trauma that they suffered,” Francis said. “It is also my shame, our shame, my shame, for the incapacity of the church for too long to put them at the center of its concerns.”
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#PopeFrancis on the report of abuse of minors by religious in France: “This a time of shame.” Pope expresses his sadness and shame for such abuse & for how long it took for church leaders to make victims a priority. pic.twitter.com/t2ZNNrkVCE
— Catholic News Service (@CatholicNewsSvc) October 6, 2021
Pope Francis said he’s saddened that the Catholic Church in France has been unable to protect children from sexual abuse at the hands of clergy. https://t.co/UL768zrwPJ
— DW News (@dwnews) October 6, 2021
— FRANCE 24 English (@France24_en) October 6, 2021