Pope Francis Admits Priests And Bishops Sexually Abused Nuns

Gerhard Ludwig Muller of Germany arrives during a consistory ceremony led by Pope Francis in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican

Gerhard Ludwig Muller of Germany arrives during a consistory ceremony led by Pope Francis in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE Pope Francis, whose papacy has been marked by efforts to quell a global crisis over sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy, said on Tuesday he was committed to stopping the abuse of nuns by priests and bishops, some of whom had used the women as sex slaves.

Dialogue between Christianity and Islam is crucial to promote peace worldwide, Pope Francis said during his weekly general audience in the Vatican on Wednesday following a landmark visit to the United Arab Emirates.

"It's not that everyone does this, but there have been priests and bishops who have", Francis said, according to The Associated Press.

Pope Francis said that his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, dissolved a religious order because of the rampant sexual abuse that is happening inside the organization. Pope Francis did not mention who prevented the probe.

Last week a Vatican magazine reported on nuns aborting the children of priests And an investigation by the Associated Press a year ago revealed cases of abuse of nuns in Europe, Asia, Africa and South America - cases in which the Vatican had not sufficiently punished offenders or supported victims.

Francis noted that it was the "first time that a pope visited the Arabian peninsula" and that "providence wanted it to be a pope called Francis, 800 years after the visit of St Francis of Assisi to Sultan al-Malik al-Kamil".

"But when he became Pope, the first thing (he said was) bring me this from the archives and he began", Pope Francis said.

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"I think it's still going on, because it's not something that just goes away like that".

"At the time, the sister only told her provincial superior and her spiritual director, silenced by the Catholic Church's culture of secrecy, her vows of obedience and her own fear, repulsion and shame".

A spokesman confirmed that the order to which Francis referred was the Community of St. Jean in France.

Similar cases have also been reported in India, where a bishop was arrested previous year over allegations he raped a nun 13 times between 2014 and 2016.

For years, cases of abuse of women in the church have always been known.

"His gestures became more and more inappropriate", she said.

"He was unable to control himself... he had a split personality". "Many complaints have been filed with the Vatican and have not been followed up", said Scaraffia, who raised the issue in the February issue of "Women Church World", a supplement distributed with the Vatican's Osservatore Romano newspaper. "I pretended it didn't happen". In one case, around half a dozen religious sisters in a small congregation in Chile publicly revealed on national television their stories of abuse by priests and other nuns.

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