Pope Francis talks Vatican scandals, likens problems to society

Pope Francis gave reporters’ notebooks and other equipment gifts of Vatican records for Wednesday’s final session of an annual media conference. But it’s not the gifts that drew reporters’ attention; it’s his comments on…

Pope Francis talks Vatican scandals, likens problems to society

Pope Francis gave reporters’ notebooks and other equipment gifts of Vatican records for Wednesday’s final session of an annual media conference.

But it’s not the gifts that drew reporters’ attention; it’s his comments on the scandals.

When asked if there was any way to put an end to the scandals, he said the scandals would end if the Church made itself more “enlightened.”

He said the abuses of priests were “not a failure of the Church, but a failure of society.”

Francis is trying to push back against allegations of sexual abuse of minors and other misconduct.

The Catholic Church has seen scandal after scandal play out in recent years.

There were two cases that caught the world’s attention: first, the scandal of a U.S. bishop, Theodore McCarrick, who was accused of sexually abusing a minor and adult seminarians. Second, in Chile, three senior bishops and two other churchmen resigned after going to great lengths to cover up abuse allegations.

After the 2014 papal visit to the U.S., Pope Francis said the Catholic Church’s main job is evangelization, not “homosexuality and devilism.” He also said he was in no position to judge a man for his sexual orientation.

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