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Pope Francis: La Civiltà Cattolica, sexual abuse “the greatest desolation that the Church is undergoing”

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Sexual abuse is the “greatest desolation that the Church is undergoing”, it brings “shame” on us, but shame is also “a grace”. Pope Francis said this in two question-and-answer sessions he had with the Jesuits during his recent trip to Chile and Peru, which are now published in full in the latest issue of “La Civiltà Cattolica”, due out next Saturday. With regard to the scourge of child abuse in the Church, Pope Francis warned against indulging in the “consolation prizes” that come from statistics: “It is terrible even if it were just one of our brothers!”. The Pope then recalled his regular meetings with abuse victims on Fridays: “They are annihilated!”. He also stressed that there are “several new congregations whose founders have fallen into this problem of abuse”, that abuse “is always the fruit of a mentality linked to power”, and that “there are three levels of abuse that come together: abuse of authority, sexual abuse, and economic mess”. And – he remarked – “the devil enters through the wallet”.

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