Pope slams senior clergy members who covered up child abuse

  • Slamming Catholic bishops, who did not “respond adequately” when reports of child sex abuse by priests were brought before them, Pope Francis has said that such church leaders will be held responsible in future.

    Expressing his sorrow for “the sins and grave crimes of clerical sexual abuse committed against you,” he asked victims for forgiveness — not just for the abuses committed by pedophile priests, but for the hushing up of the crimes by members of the senior clergy.

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