Following the sexual abuse that occurred in the French Catholic Church, Pope Francis has expressed his “shame” in a report this week.
The pope stated, “I wish to express to the victims my sadness and pain for the trauma they have suffered. And also my shame, our shame, my shame for the inability of the Church for too long to put them at the centre of its concerns,”.
He added, “I pray and we all pray together – to you Lord the glory, to us the shame. This is the time for shame.”
Offering his support to French priests to face up to “this trial that is hard but healthy”, Francis urged the clergy to keep working to ensure that a repeat of such situations doesn’t happen again.
He also invited French Catholics to “ensure that the Church is a safe home for all.”
An independent commission that was investigating sex abuse that took place in the French Catholic Church over the last 70 years reported that around 216,000 minors were sexually abused and covered up by “a veil of silence”.
The 2,500-page report, which resulted from a two-and-a-half-year inquiry, triggered worldwide outrage as the Catholic Church faces a growing number of abuse claims and prosecutions.
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