Pope Francis on Tuesday publicly acknowledged the scandal of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns and vowed to do more to fight the problem, the latest sign that there is no end in sight to the Catholic Church’s abuse crisis — and that it now has a reckoning from the #MeToo movement.
Francis admitted to the problem for the first time in public during a news conference while returning to Rome from the United Arab Emirates. The acknowledgment comes just two weeks before he hosts an unprecedented gathering of bishops to craft a global response to the scandal of priestly predators who target children and the superiors who covered up the crimes.
The magazine, “Women Church World,” noted that the scandal involves a corollary: nuns being forced to abort the priests’ children or bear children that the priests refuse to recognize.
The Associated Press and other media have reported on cases of abused nuns in India , Africa, Europe and South America — evidence that the problem is by no means limited to a certain geographic area.
Pope Francis admits for first time that nuns were forced into 'sexual slavery' at the hands of priests and bishops as he vows to do more to fight the problem Pope Francis admitted for first time priests and bishops sexually abused nuns Publicly acknowledged scandal at end of historic visit to United Arab Emirates Francis then said Vatican would be willing to mediate in the Venezuela crisis Pope also signed a 'world peace' document with the imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar