Sexual Abuse Victims Slammed Pope Francis
By M. Grace, September 15, 2018 05:09 AM
Pope Francis is facing more criticism over the sexual abuse crisis that has plagued the Catholic Church.
The day after the pope summoned the church's officials to discuss the problem regarding sex abuse, Mark Vincent Healy told CNN that he believes the Vatican is on an "inescapable trajectory" on February meeting.
While the Pope received pressure for the cases of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, Healy said that the pope lacks action and has left survivors being scared.
"Pope Francis has had since March 2013, when he was elected, time to deal with the scandal of clergy child sexual abuse," Healy told CNN. "From around the world inquiries have reported their findings and received commentary in countless reports, audits, films, documentaries, media flashes and bursts. All the while the Vatican moves at a glacial pace to 'address' the scandal with words of apology and acknowledgment of the harm done. Clichés come to mind like 'too little too late,' 'action not words,' 'conferences within the religious not consultations with survivors' and so on."
Aside from Healy, other survivors questioned the long process.
"How much time is necessary? Will it takes decades or centuries?" Colm O'Gorman, a survivor of clerical abuse and executive director of Amnesty International Ireland, told CNN. "It's terribly simple. Catholic clergy have raped, sexually assaulted and otherwise abused hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of people across the world. The Catholic Church, at a global level, knew about these crimes, has known about them for millennia. But its approach has always been to keep those crimes secret. To rape a child is an incredibly serious crime. To cover it up is, and should be, a very serious crime."
The pope is also facing pressure in Germany as it was revealed that the church admits to 3,766 cases of child sex abuse.
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