In a shock revelation, Pope Francis has admitted that priests and bishops sexually abused nuns and even used them as “sex slaves”.
For the first time the Pope publicly acknowledged that Catholic clergy sexually abused nuns and even revealed a case where they were reduced to “sexual slavery”. He added that he also believed the sexual abuse was still taking place.
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The news broke as the Pope boarded his plane, which was returning to Rome from the UAE.
Boarding the aircraft, he told reporters: “It’s not that everyone does this, but there have been priests and bishops who have.
“And I think that it’s continuing because it’s not like once you realise it that it stops.
“It continues. And for some time we’ve been working on it.
“But it’s a path that we have already begun.”
On a question on whether there was a universal approach being formulated to deal with abuse of women in the church, the Pope implied the incidents are currently being dealt with on a case-by-case basis.
He said: “There are cases, usually in new congregations and in some regions more than others.
”We’re working on it.”
In November, the Catholic Church’s global organisation for nuns denounced the “culture of silence and secrecy” which prevents them from speaking out.https://archive.fo/umrTF