Pope Francis Breaks Silence on Pennsylvania Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal

(From The Washington Examiner)

Pope Francis today condemned the child abuse allegations detailed in a Pennsylvania grand jury report as “criminal and morally reprehensible,” but failed to mention whether church personnel would be disciplined in light of the damning findings.

“The Holy Father understands well how much these crimes can shake the faith and the spirit of believers and reiterates the call to make every effort to create a safe environment for minors and vulnerable adults in the Church and in all of society,” Greg Burke, Francis’ spokesman, said in a statement Thursday, according to NBC.

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