This occurred after clergy sexual abuse crises in several countries. Pope Francis has publicly acknowledged the failures of the Roman Catholic church in dealing with sexual abuse by priests. Francis’s letter was published in seven languages. Francis admits the church has failed to “act in a timely manner” and promises zero tolerance and sanctions.”We have realized that these wounds never disappear and that they require us forcefully to condemn these atrocities and join forces in uprooting this culture of death,” he said. A Vatican official said it was the first time a pope had written to all of the world’s some 1.2 billion Catholics about sexual abuse.
The grand jury last week released the findings of the largest-ever investigation of sex abuse in the US Catholic Church, finding that 301 priests in the state had sexually abused minors over the past 70 years. „We have delayed in applying these actions and sanctions that are so necessary, yet I am confident that they will help to guarantee a greater culture of care in the present and future,” the Pope said. Not all people appreciated Pope’s letter. “This is recycled rhetoric. Mere words at this point deepen the insult and the pain. Instead the pope should have offered “concrete measures”, such as releasing a full list of all priests convicted under canon law of abuse, to make children safer,” a representative of the US-based website BishopAccountability.org declared.