Title Title
Pope Francis meets with the Sicilian Clergy at the Cathedral of Palermo Papal letter on sex abuse seen as breakthrough but still ineffective
Summary Summary
  Pontiff about to visit Ireland, one of numerous countries where Catholic clergy abused children for decades
Highlights Highlights
Content Content
  <strong>Pope Francis, head of the world's estimated 1.2 billion Catholics, has published an <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w172w2599tfbdq6">"unprecedented"</a> (<em>BBC</em>) letter acknowledging the Church's shortcomings in dealing with clerical sexual abuse. The letter, a "bollettino", which carries less force than <a href="http://catholicstraightanswers.com/what-is-the-difference-between-an-encyclical-an-apostolic-constitution-a-papal-bull-and-a-pastoral-letter/">other Papal messages</a>, acknowledged that "We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them." </strong>
Pope Francis meets with the Sicilian Clergy at the Cathedral of Palermo, Italy, September 15, 2018. REUTERS/Guglielmo Mangiapane However the missive did not clarify what steps would now be taken to bring to justice those who had tortured and abused children.
  [contribute-c2a text="You can edit or expand this story" buttons="edit"]
  Sexual abuse of children by priests and, more rarely, nuns has become a huge scandal for the Catholic Church. Last week a <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_jury">U.S. grand jury</a> revealed that hundreds of children were <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/18/us/pennsylvania-church-abuse-report.html">abused in the state of Pennsylvania</a> over many years (<em>NY Times)</em>. Other countries which have discovered long-term and systemic abuse include Ireland, Chile, Australia, Canada and Germany.
  The imminent <a href="https://www.independent.ie/irish-news/pope-francis-in-ireland/a-guide-to-the-pope-in-ireland-2018-all-you-need-to-know-37214809.html">trip to Ireland</a> represents the Pope "practically going into the frying-pan ... into the heat," Father <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Rosica">Thomas Rosica</a>, former Vatican press attache, <a href="https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/w172w2599tfbdq6">told the BBC</a>. Rosica also called the Papal letter "unprecedented".
  [contribute-c2a text="Something missing from the story? Say so" buttons="talk"]
  A leader of Irish abuse survivors' group <a href="https://www.oneinfour.ie/">One in Four</a> told <em>The Irish Times</em> that they were "<a href="https://www.irishtimes.com/news/social-affairs/religion-and-beliefs/widespread-disappointment-over-letter-from-pope-francis-on-abuse-issue-1.3602479">tired of meaningless apologies</a> and expressions of solidarity that do not involve a clear call to action".
  <strong> </strong>[contribute-c2a text="Tell us what should be in the story" buttons="talk"]
Categories Categories
  Crime
Article type Article type
  report
Tags Tags
  One in Four, Papal letter, Pennsylvania abuse, Pope Francis
Author byline Author byline
No Yes
Has hero Has hero
No Yes
Hero Alignment Hero Alignment
  full
Hero Image URL Hero Image URL
None None
Featured Image URL Featured Image URL
  https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/wikitribune-uploads-master/2018/08/17121601/2018-09-15T152815Z_1178189437_RC1228F6B920_RTRMADP_3_POPE-SICILY.jpg
Sources Sources

Subscribe to our newsletter

Be the first to collaborate on our developing articles

WikiTribune Open menu Close Search Like Back Next Open menu Close menu Play video RSS Feed Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Reddit Follow us on Instagram Follow us on Youtube Connect with us on Linkedin Connect with us on Discord Email us