The former Pope Benedict XVI receives visitors at his secluded residence in the Vatican’s gardens, but if they gripe about his successor, Pope Francis, he is said to have a way of changing the subject.
Victims of sex abuse at the hands of the Catholic Church had yearned for this moment: a landmark conference at the Vatican focusing on the hideous toll of the long-running international scandal and on methods to better police church officials’ conduct.
Pope Francis warned bishops he wants “concrete measures” to stamp out sex abuse in the church on the first day of a groundbreaking Vatican summit where he handed out 21 proposals for cracking down on predator priests.
Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick for soliciting sex during confession as well as other sex crimes against minors and adults, marking the most serious punishment meted out against a Catholic cardinal in modern times.
Pope Francis admonished Roman Catholic Church leaders for covering up sex abuse scandals and indulging in “gossip and slander” to duck the blame, according to a letter to U.S. bishops released Thursday by the Vatican.