Title: Exclusive: Pope Francis calls steps against clerical abuse irreversible, despite resistance
- Abuse crisis exploded in Boston in 2002
- Pope introduced major legislation against abuse in 2019
- Outside abuse expert says Church cannot police itself
- Critic says real ‘zero tolerance’ does not exist
- Pope gave more clout to commission for protection of minors
VATICAN CITY, July 8 (Reuters) – Pope Francis has acknowledged that there is resistance by some national Catholic Churches on implementing measures to protect children from sexual abuse by clergy but said that there is no turning back on an “irreversible” path.
Some countries, such as the United States, established procedures, sometimes known as “listening centres”, even before the 2019 directive, but others, particularly in the developing world, have been slow to conform.
“There is resistance, but with each new step there is growing awareness that this is the way to go,” Francis said.