In Ire­land, pope con­fronts sex abuse cri­sis

The Fresno Bee (Sunday) - - News - — WASH­ING­TON POST

Pope Fran­cis said Satur­day that the “fail­ure of ec­cle­si­as­ti­cal au­thor­i­ties” to ad­dress sex­ual abuse has “rightly given rise to out­rage,” his first ac­knowl­edg­ment dur­ing his trip to Ire­land of the trau­mas here that have rad­i­cally di­min­ished the Ro­man Catholic clergy’s once-tow­er­ing au­thor­ity.

In an ad­dress at Dublin Cas­tle, Fran­cis de­scribed the “re­pel­lent crimes” and the fail­ure to deal with them as “a source of pain and shame for the Catholic com­mu­nity.” But he did not dis­cuss con­crete changes in laws or trans­parency or ad­dress the ques­tion of the Vat­i­can’s com­plic­ity in the abuse cases.

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