Fidelity bank banner Bayelsa State banner
Catholic Church grapples with 2,000 sex abuse cases

By News Express on 14/05/2017

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+

Views: 690

•Pope Francis.
•Pope Francis.

Pope Francis acknowledged Saturday that the Vatican has a 2,000-case backlog in processing clerical sex abuse cases and says criticism of the slow pace was justified.

But he says more staff are being added and insists the Vatican is “on the right path.”

Pope Francis was making his first comments about the criticism levelled at the Vatican’s handling of sex abuse cases by Marie Collins, an Irish abuse survivor who resigned from Francis’ sex abuse advisory commission in March.

Collins quit because of what she said was the “unacceptable” level of resistance within the Vatican to implementing the group’s proposals to better care for victims and protect children from priests who rape and molest them.

Speaking to reporters while flying home Saturday from a trip to Portugal, Pope Francis called Collins “a great woman” and said she was “a bit right” to complain about the slow pace in processing cases.

“Marie Collins was right on that point. But we are on the right path, as there were 2,000 cases backlogged,” he said.

Pope didn’t respond to the other issues raised by Collins, including the refusal of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith which handles abuse cases to create a tribunal to judge bishops who covered up for pedophile priests.

Instead, he focused on explaining why cases can take so long to process.

To improve efficiency, he said he had added more staff to the congregation and that talks were underway about providing more regional help to bishops to ensure their cases are properly documented before they arrive at the Vatican for review.

He denied he had ever agreed to a request for clemency from a pedophile priest, saying once a sentence is confirmed on appeal by the congregation “it is finished.”

The Catholic Pontiff has come under fire from some survivors and their advocates for his handling of the abuse crisis.

He won praise for having created the advisory commission and for promising “zero tolerance” for abuse.

But his advisory board has lost credibility following Collins’ departure and its failure to implement key recommendations that even Francis had approved. (NAN/Fox News)

Source News Express

Posted 14/05/2017 9:48:10 PM

 

Share on facebook Yahoo mail icon Gmail icon Share on Google+


 

CLASSIFIED ADS

REVEALED: 3 natural ways to get stronger erections, last 25 minutes on bed, and increase manhood size without using drugs. Also, Natural Prostrate Enlargement Remedy.. Get In HERE...

 

You may also like...
Boko Haram destabilises Cameroon

Anambra loses N30 billion to erosion menace •Snakes...

Court stays proceedings on forfeiture of Patience Jonathan’s...

IPOB declares Retired IGP Solomon Arase an international...

Nigeria needs N23bn annually to bridge infrastructural deficit...

Eghagha back home after release from kidnappers’ grip...

N500m demand from Peter Obi: Ben Obi a.k.a...

Buhari absent from emergency FEC meeting

Boko Haram kills 11 in Yobe, takes over...

Calabar Tragedy: Efik Mothers plan Viewing Centre to...

ASUU, TSA is not the problem, By Olufemi...

Jehovah’s Witnesses list those who will not inherit...

 

Latest News APC Convention: Panic over Okorocha’s minority report Police warns troublemakers as APC Convention holds in Abuja •Deploys 5,000 personnel, armoured personnel carrier Bandits launch fresh attack on Birnin-Gwari, kill more persons Pastor, 2 others nabbed over ritual killing of 19-year-old girl APC holding national convention with looted funds – PDP Buhari championing jihad in Nigeria: Christian Elders APC Convention: Oshiomhole will delete PDP from Nigeria’s political history — Senate Deputy Chief Whip NAFDAC DG sacks consultants over anomalies, irregularities Police dismisses 19 officers in Ogun, demotes 9 2018 Budget: Why we included new projects — NASS PDP queries DSS over Abaribe’s arrest World Cup: Rohr reveals secret of Super Eagles’ victory over Iceland

 

Most Read Nigerian female sex addict opens up, says ‘I like it with both men and women’ (352,697 views) NUDE PHOTO OF OMOTOLA JALADE-EKEINDE surfaces online (352,325 views) Shameless Genevieve Nnaji exposes breasts in public (280,653 views) Finally named: The full list of friends of Nigerian female sex addict who prowled Facebook (230,393 views) Igbo scholar disgraces Femi Fani-Kayode •Demolishes claims on Igbo/Yoruba history with facts and figures (209,266 views) OLUMBA OLUMBA OBU (the one who called himself God) IS DEAD (209,106 views) Breaking News: POPULAR REVEREND CONVERTS TO ISLAM in Kaduna (Nigeria) (182,063 views) OBJ’s son reported dead in Lagos plane crash •Names of more victims emerge (164,231 views) THE FINAL DISGRACE: Igbo scholar unleashes more facts about Igbo/Yoruba history, finishes off Femi Fani-Kayode with second article (154,055 views) My wasted years in Olumba Olumba Obu’s Evil Brotherhood (148,850 views) Lagos plane crash: Journalist releases victims’ names (144,037 views) Gunmen kill ASP, 2 other police officers in vain bid to kidnap Rivers PDP chieftain (135,816 views)

 

Categories Advertorials (3) African Press Organisation (81) Art & Literature (50) Business & Economy (3,264) Business Verdict (44) Columnists (871) Complaints & Requests (94) Enterprise & Opportunities (207) Entertainment (506) Features (607) Global Business Monitor (284) International (2,047) Interview (155) Live Commentary (28) Love Matters (124) News (36,418) Opinion (1,005) Pidgin (10) Politics (5,313) Religion (772) Sports (1,558) Stock Watch (30) AMA & Al Jazeera Global Update

 

CBN banner

Firstmobile banner

 

 

NEWS EXPRESS TV

Argentina vs Croatia Goals

 

APO Group Partner

 

 

CLASSIFIED ADS

GOCOP Accredited Member

GOCOP Accredited member

 

 

Africa Media Agency and Al Jazeera

Advertisement