Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Pope Francis confirms drive against sexual abuse

Catholic World News - April 05, 2013

Pope Francis underlined the importance of a drive to eliminate sexual abuse during an April 5 audience with Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).

After his meeting with the Pontiff, Archbishop Müller's congregation released a statement saying that the Pope had "recommended that the Congregation, continuing along the lines set by Benedict XVI, act decisively with regard to cases of sexual abuse, first of all by promoting measures for the protection of minors, as well as in offering assistance to those who have suffered abuse, carrying out due proceedings against the guilty, and in the commitment of bishops' conferences to formulate and implement the necessary directives in this area that is so important for the Church's witness and credibility."

Pope Francis also said that he was praying for the victims of abuse.

The April 5 statement from the CDF did not mention any other matters that were discussed during the Pope's audience with the prefect. (For example, the statement did not allude to the discussions with the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, which are proceeding under the aegis of the CDF.) Thus the statement called special attention to the Vatican's work against sexual abuse.

Pope Francis has been meeting this week with the heads of Vatican offices. The statement from the CDF was the first to report on the content of the discussions.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our October expenses ($35,000 to go):
$35,000.00 $0.00
100% 0%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 2 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: angel01 - Apr. 09, 2013 9:19 AM ET USA

    When is someone going to act decisively against those who bear false witness against a priest or a family member for financial or personal gain. Read No Crueler Tyrannies by Dorothy Rabinowitz of the Wall Street Journal. Not every allegation of sexual abuse is real!

  • Posted by: angel01 - Apr. 07, 2013 7:57 AM ET USA

    When is someone going to demand decisive action against those who bear and have borne false witness against priests, religious and lay people for personal or financial profit?

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

On Bishops and Jesuits, Saints and Angels 7 hours ago
Bishop Finn in Kansas City: Not quite up to date? 9 hours ago
Oh, that sort of misconduct [UPDATED] September 29
Don’t worry about terrorism; worry about workplace violence? September 29
Doing Great Things for Christ September 29

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Cardinals criticize Kasper proposal, escalating debate on remarriage/Communion CWN - September 18
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - 20 hours ago