Pope calls abuse crisis a ‘scourge’ in youth doc, omits ‘zero tolerance’

Reposted from https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2019/04/02/pope-calls-abuse-crisis-a-scourge-in-youth-doc-omits-zero-tolerance/

In a major new document on young people, Pope Francis acknowledges the clerical sexual abuse crisis as a major challenge to the Catholic Church’s credibility, but, following the lead of a summit of bishops last fall upon which it’s based, notably omits any reference to a “zero tolerance” policy.

Pope Francis describes sexual abuse is a “scourge” and a sin “that can last a lifetime and that no repentance can remedy,” and which is widely present in society, in the Church, in families and in various institutions.

“This problem, while it is universal and gravely affects our societies as a whole… is in no way less monstrous when it takes place within the Church,” Francis says, adding that “in people’s justified anger, the Church sees the reflection of the wrath of God, betrayed and insulted.”

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