Pope in Tallinn: Scan­dals push peo­ple away from church

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Ad­dress­ing Chris­tians in Tallinn, Pope Fran­cis eval­u­ated that that the hid­ing of sex­ual abuse in the Ro­man Catholic Church is driv­ing peo­ple away from Catholi­cism.

U.S. gov­ern­ment me­dia or­gan­i­sa­tion the Voice of Amer­ica re­ported on Tues­day, Septem­ber 25, that ad­dress­ing sev­eral hun­dred peo­ple in the Es­to­nian cap­i­tal, pope Fran­cis said: «They are up­set by sex­ual and eco­nomic scan­dals that do not meet with clear con­dem­na­tion. This is very bad when a church, a com­mu­nity, be­haves in such a way that young peo­ple be­lieve that it can­not give any­thing to their lives»

Amid Catholic sex abuse cases in Ger­many, the Nether­lands, Aus­tralia, Chile and the U.S., Fran­cis has sum­moned top bish­ops from around the world for a Fe­bru­ary sum­mit at the Vat­i­can on tack­ling abuse.

Some cam­paign­ers link the crimes to celibacy, the prin­ci­ple that Catholic priests must re­main un­mar­ried and call for the prin­ci­ple to be aban­doned.

REUTERS/SCANPIX

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