Pope Francis says that sexual abuse of minors at the hands of priests is a crime that should be erased from the face of the earth. That might prove more difficult considering the comments of a German Cardinal this weekend – but more on that in a second.
The Pontiff made the comments at the close of an historic Vatican conference on the problem of sex abuse in the Catholic Church. Francis said that the Church would strengthen its guidelines on how to prevent abuse and punish those responsible. He promised that the Catholic Church would spare no effort to bring abusers to justice and would no longer cover up these crimes. The problem? He – and other officials - were short on details of how they’ll achieve that.
Which brings us back to Cardinal Reinhard Marx,who admitted Saturday that the Church has been it’s own enemy when it comes to cleaning up the massive mess. “Files that could have documented the terrible deeds and named those responsible were destroyed or not even created," Marx noted. "The stipulated procedures and processes for the prosecution offenses were deliberately not complied with, but instead canceled and overridden. I assume Germany is not an isolated case.”
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