Excerpt from ABC.com, Sept. 27, 2015
Pope Francis met with victims of clerical sex abuse today and promised to hold those responsible accountable.
The 30 minute meeting was with five adults who had suffered sexual abuse as minors by the clergy or members of their family or teachers, according to the Vatican. The meeting, held on his final day in the United States, also included a family member of each victim.
Later, while addressing U.S. bishops attending the World Meeting of Families, Francis renewed his promise that those responsible will be punished.
“I carry in my heart the stories, the suffering and the pain of the minors that have been sexually abused by priests,” Francis said. “I’m overwhelmed by the shame that people who were in charged of caring for those young ones raped them and caused them great damages.”
“I regret this profoundly. God cries!” he continued. “The crimes and sins of the sexual abuse to minors can’t be kept a secret anymore. I commit to the zealous oversight of the Church to protect minors, and I promise that everyone responsible will be held accountable.”