In what one Vatican source told the New York Times could be the first statement of its kind, Pope Francis reacted this week to recent news of even more child sex abuse in the Catholic Church.
He called on practitioners of the faith to “join forces in uprooting this culture of death,” promising to put in place safeguards against future abuse.
The pontiff’s statement also included an apology for the behavior revealed in a recent U.S. grand jury investigation and similar cases that have dogged the faith for decades.
“With shame and repentance, we acknowledged as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives,” the statement continued. “We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them.”
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