‘It’s a sin that shames us’: Pope urges bishops worldwide to have ‘zero tolerance’ when it comes to child sexual abuse
Pope has sent a letter to bishops around the world about injustice to children
It adds that bishops should do everything in their power to protect youngsters
The letter says there should be a ‘zero tolerance’ when it comes to sex abuse
Church’s reputation has been stained by allegations of abuse by priests
By JENNIFER NEWTON
3 January 2017
The Pope has urged bishops across the world to have a ‘zero tolerance’ when it comes to child sex abuse adding they need to do everything in their power to protect youngsters.
The Vatican has today released the text of a letter Francis sent to bishops late last month warning them about injustices to children.
They include slave labour, malnutrition, lack of education and sexual exploitation, including abuse by priests.
And in the letter, the Pontiff decried ‘the sufferings, the experiences and pain of minors who were abused sexually by priests.’
He wrote: ‘It is a sin that shames us. Persons responsible for the protection of those children destroyed their dignity.’
The church’s reputation has been stained in several countries during the last few decades as people have come forward to report that parish priests or other Catholic clergy raped or molested them.