Pope on sex abuse: "We showed no care for the little ones"

Vatican City (AP) - UPDATE:

The Diocese of Steubenville Bishop Jeffrey M. Monforton also weighted in the situation and hr expressed anger and sorrow over the recent a grand jury report detailing seven decades of child sex abuse claims in six Pennsylvania dioceses.

Bishop Monforton said, “Most certainly, the Catholic Church in the United States has embarked into a spiritual crisis and nothing short of spiritual conversion and repentance is necessary, all resultant of morally reprehensible actions. The allegations of predatory actions by clergy, as well as cover-ups by their ecclesial superiors namely, bishops, demands our deepest pastoral concern for bringing the guilty to justice and providing spiritual care to the numerous victims. Silence is an ineffective salve. The moral failures of both perpetrators as well as those who failed to respond demand our self-reflection, prayer, and penance.”



VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis has issued a letter to Catholics around the world condemning the "crime" of priestly sexual abuse and cover-up and demanding accountability, in response to new revelations in the United States of decades of misconduct by the Catholic Church.
Francis begged forgiveness for the pain suffered by victims and said lay Catholics must be involved in any effort to root out abuse and cover-up. He blasted the self-referential clerical culture that has been blamed for the abuse crisis, with church leaders more concerned for their reputation than the safety of children.
Francis wrote: "We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them."
The Vatican issued the letter Monday, ahead of Francis' trip this weekend to Ireland that is expected to be dominated by the abuse crisis.

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