Pope warns of lost trust without more abuse accountability

Pope Warns of Lost Trust
Title: Pope warns of lost trust without more abuse accountability
Author: Nicole Winfield
Publisher: Associated Press
Date: 29APR2022

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis gave a new mandate to his sex abuse advisory commission Friday, telling its members to work with bishops around the world to establish special welcome centers for victims and to audit the church’s progress on fighting abuse from its new perch within the Vatican.

Francis warned that without more transparency and accountability from the church, the faithful would continue to lose trust in the Catholic hierarchy after decades of revelations about priests who raped and molested children and bishops and religious superiors who covered up those crimes.

Francis issued the new marching orders during a meeting with the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, which he created in 2013 as an ad hoc body to advise the church on best practices to protect minors and prevent abuse.

“The testimony of the survivors represents an open wound on the body of Christ, which is the church,” he told them.

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