Pope in Tallinn: Scandals push people away from church
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.