Pope Francis to meet with sexual abuse victims
Pope Francis departs from Israel after his trip to the Holy Land. He spoke with reporters on the trip back.
May 26th, 2014
07:07 PM ET

Pope Francis to meet with sexual abuse victims

(CNN) - Pope Francis spoke out against sexual abuse by Catholic clergy on Monday and said he plans to meet with victims in early June.

Stressing that such abuse constitutes a horrific crime, he told reporters aboard the papal plane that three bishops are under investigation.

It was not clear whether the bishops are under investigation for alleged abuse, or for purported involvement in some sort of cover-up.

A priest who abuses a child betrays the body of the Lord, the Pope said, according to pool reports. He called for zero tolerance.

Among the expected invitees to the meeting are abuse victims from Germany, England and Ireland, and Cardinal Sean O'Malley, the archbishop of Boston.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Belief • Christianity • Pope Francis • Vatican

soundoff (29 Responses)
  1. joeyy1


    June 9, 2014 at 3:19 am |
  2. Bootyfunk

    "No child r.ape will be prevented, no abuse cover-up will be prevented and no predator priest will be exposed by anything the pope said today or will do next month. His upcoming and self-serving meeting with victims is more of what we've seen for decades - more gestures, promises, symbolism and public relations."

    +++ exactly. the pope said a few flowery words, but has done nothing to change church policy or doctrine on the matter, just like the last pope and the one before him. "we're really gonna root out those molester priests this time!" but he does nothing to make that happen.

    May 30, 2014 at 2:33 pm |
  3. pep365cerrajeros

    The religion are the best think for the humans but is posible the people of this religion are not qualificate

    May 28, 2014 at 4:57 pm |
  4. Vic

    I never understood this problem. Why do priests, or anybody for that matter, molest children?!

    May 27, 2014 at 11:20 pm |
    • sam stone

      Because it is a power trip

      May 28, 2014 at 5:35 am |
    • awanderingscot

      “I know your works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are apostles and are not, and have found them liars; – Revelation 2:2, NKJV

      May 28, 2014 at 9:43 am |
      • Doris

        Oh wonderful – just what we need – words of some obvious substance-abuser.

        May 28, 2014 at 9:52 am |
        • awanderingscot

          really? that's ignorant for you to say since your don't even know me Doh-russ. i don't abuse any substances.

          May 28, 2014 at 9:59 am |
        • Doris

          I'm talking about John of Patmos, dufus. Jeez.

          May 28, 2014 at 1:30 pm |
        • Doris

          And by the way, Gullible's Travels shoved where the sun don't shine is still substance abuse anyway.

          May 28, 2014 at 1:31 pm |
    • Vic

      Murder, persecution, torture, rape, child abuse, injustice, what have you, are all sure signs of a fallen world. May we all seek redemption in the Lord Jesus Christ.

      p.s. Word filter delays.

      May 28, 2014 at 10:22 am |
      • sam stone

        No they are not, Vic.

        They show some people do some very bad and stupid things

        Your statement shows you need to spread the guilt to correspond with your pre-existing relgious views

        May 28, 2014 at 5:16 pm |
      • sam stone

        it's too bad that you feel you need to be redeemed

        May 28, 2014 at 8:51 pm |
      • Science Works

        Well Vic and the church is suppose to the experts on morals right vic ?


        June 10, 2014 at 5:15 pm |
  5. unsername1

    On the one hand Pope meets the child abuse victims and on the other hand he forgives the priests responsible for abuse......Pope Francis is a real life Dr jekyll and Rr hyde.

    May 27, 2014 at 4:40 pm |
  6. Akira

    I'm waiting for the day when Pope Francis states unequivocally: "all clergy that has accusations of molestation lodged against them will be turned over for investigation and prosecution by the appropriate authorities."
    Appropriate authorities being external to the Vatican.
    It seems as if he is trying to move in that direction.

    May 27, 2014 at 11:32 am |
  7. Reality

    The only solution is disband all religions as they are all theologically, morally and historically nil. Details previously given.

    May 27, 2014 at 12:48 am |
    • sam stone

      how does someone go about disbanding a religion without violating the const-i-t-ution?

      eliminate their tax free status? i don't think that will do it

      May 27, 2014 at 6:16 am |
      • TruthPrevails1

        You probably won't disband religion but if you look at the stats of countries numbers of non-religious they really do paint an interesting picture.
        Taking away tax free status is a good way to take away some of their power and would save the country about $71,000,000,000 a year...a start to decreasing the deficit.

        May 27, 2014 at 7:41 am |
        • Reality

          Added details on decreasing the deficit.

          In order to pay down our $16 trillion debt, we need to redirect money used to support religions especially the christian and islamic cons and put it towards paying off our obligations..

          To wit:

          Redirecting our funds and saving a lot of "souls":

          Saving 1.5 billion lost Muslims:

          There never were and never will be any angels i.e. no Gabriel, no Islam and therefore no more koranic-driven acts of horror and terror LIKE 9/11.

          – One trillion dollars over the next several years as the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and analogous areas will end.

          – Eighteen billion dollars/yr. to Pakistan will stop.

          – Four billion dollars/yr. to Egypt will end.

          Saving 2 billion lost Christians including the Mormons:

          There were never any bodily resurrections and there will never be any bodily resurrections i.e. No Easter, no Christianity!!!

          – The Mormon ti-the empire will now become taxable as will all Christian "religions" and evangelical non-profits since there is no longer any claim to being a tax-exempt religion.

          – the faith-based federal projects supported by both Bush and Obama will be eliminated saving $385 million/yr and another $2 billion/yr in grants.

          Giving to religious groups in 2010, totaled $95.8 billion,

          – Saving 15.5 million Orthodox followers of Judaism:
          Abraham and Moses never existed.

          – Four billion dollars/yr to Israel saved.

          – All Jewish sects and non-profits will no longer be tax exempt.

          Now all we need to do is convince these 3.5+ billion global and local citizens that they have been conned all these centuries. Time for a YouTube,Twitter and FaceBook campaign!!!!

          May 27, 2014 at 7:55 am |
      • Reality

        Religion requires followers.

        As noted previously, recognizing the flaws, follies and frauds in the foundations of Islam, Judaism and Christianity, the "bowers", kneelers" and "pew peasants" are and will continue to flee these religions replacing them with some simple rules of life such as "Do No Harm". No koran, bible, clerics, nuns, monks, imams, evangelicals, ayatollahs, rabbis, professors of religion or priests needed or desired.

        Ditto for houses of "worthless worship" aka mosques, churches, basilicas, cathedrals, temples and synagogues.

        May 27, 2014 at 7:47 am |
  8. unsername1

    you're talking victims in 1000s and 1000s across the world, how is he planning to accomplish meeting them? through tweeter!!

    May 26, 2014 at 9:09 pm |
    • claretheresep

      The fact that he's meeting with some shows how he as a person believes it was wrong. I'm Catholic and it was wrong of some of the clergy to do what they did. There is pedophilia everywhere in the world. In every religion. There was an article on some Buddhist monks who molested children.

      May 26, 2014 at 10:19 pm |
      • hotairace

        Why is Pope-A-Dope refusing to cooperate with investigations into priestly pedophilia and the criminals that covered it up? What is he hiding? How many children did he abuse? How many priests is he covering up for? Until he comes clean, he's just another lying charlatan shaman. Fuck Him!,

        May 26, 2014 at 10:26 pm |
        • claretheresep

          Imperfections of the Pope or anyone don't take away from the perfection of God and his Words. Not all priests in the church are pedophiles. Those that did commit such acts were wrong. There's an article on some Buddhist monks who molested children. It's a problem everywhere.

          May 27, 2014 at 1:29 am |
        • sam stone

          clare: if the words are perfect, why are there so many christian churches? i don't know that it is the molesting that is the real issue as much as the cover up

          May 27, 2014 at 6:19 am |
        • Alias

          the difference is the monks didn't spend 3 generations covering it up.

          May 28, 2014 at 10:32 am |
      • unsername1

        don't point finger to other religion, they did it too so our guys are ok; work on what makes child molestation so common in your churches......my thoughts are over concerned parents, that their kids will turn atheists, if they don't sit on laps of priests.

        May 27, 2014 at 8:52 am |
        • unholyjesus

          Religion is the root of all evil.

          June 1, 2014 at 8:57 pm |
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