Pope Francis, on Flight Home, Strongly Condemns Child Sexual Abuse

September 28, 2015 10:01 AM

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Pope Francis, on Flight Home, Strongly Condemns Child Sexual Abuse

ABOARD THE PAPAL AIRPLANE — Hours after meeting with sexual abuse victims in Philadelphia, Pope Francis on Sunday night again strongly condemned priests who molested children as “sacrilegious” and publicly acknowledged that bishops had covered up abuse cases.

“When a priest abuses, it is very grave because the vocation of the priest is to make that boy, that girl grow toward the love of God,” Francis said. “For this reason, the church is strong on this and one must not cover these things up. Those who covered this up are guilty. Even some bishops who cov...

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