It’s been a long time coming for us to actually receive an admission, but Pope Francis has just released statements that confirm what we already know. Whilst on a historic tour through the Middle East, the Pope made comments to the reporters that were covering the visit.
He admitted that clerics have sexually abused nuns and in one disgusting case, that they were apparently kept as sex slaves. His predecessor, Pope Benedict, we are told was in fact forced to shut down a whole congregation of nuns in France who were being abused by these priests.
“Should something more be done? Yes. Do we have the will? Yes. But it’s a path that we’ve been on for some time.”
Among the comments made, Pope Francis told reporters the Church was (and still is) attempting to address the previous and ongoing problems, and even said that it was ‘still going on’. The accusations came from the Catholic Church’s global organisation for nuns back in November who blamed the silent and secret culture for preventing them from speaking out. And this was backed up recently by the magazine, Women Church World, who said in some rare cases, nuns were forced to abort priests’ children, conceived through rape and sexual slavery. With abortion being strongly forbidden in Catholicism, it’s unthinkable that these actions have been going on for so long, with lots of abuse still happening in modern society.
The admission, of course, sparks the ongoing interest and support of the #MeToo campaign, as well as bringing light to circumstances such as these. With the suspension and termination of some clerics within the Church, Pope Francis is seen to be taking action on the whole situation, but how much more will these women need to endure before all the abuse is over? As he said himself in the interview, “And I think that it’s continuing because it’s not like once you realise it that it stops. It continues.” And it amazes us that even at this point in time, in a modern society like ours, that this abuse cannot be stopped immediately and those responsible be accounted for.
Of course, people all over the world have jumped on Twitter to voice their opinions, and the general consensus shows and an understandable flurry of anger and demand for change.
Working on the problem? Defrock! Lock ‘em up! Very easy, Pope Francis! Act! Do something for these women! https://t.co/826RMuBC09
— Candy Wilson (@myatt51905) February 6, 2019
I just can’t imagine ANY other organization or company being exposed over and over again as basically a giant sexual assault factory and not getting disbanded. And I can’t think of anything other than religion that would keep people participating in such an organization.
— Rob Sheridan (@rob_sheridan) February 5, 2019
Has any single organization been responsible for as much sexual predation as the Catholic Church? https://t.co/19zvLAdEN8
— David Roberts (@drvox) February 5, 2019
The video of Pope Francis’ admission can be found here.