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Pope acknowledges sexual abuse of nuns in Church

Pope Francis has for the first time, given to sexual violence against nuns. Also his predecessor, Benedict knew. However, this was not a thing of the past. He faith, "that it is still done".

once Again for a press conference on the plane after a trip abroad, triggering once again a statement by Pope Francis, the a quake. Yes, admitted the Pope on the question of a journalist, in the Catholic Church were and are in need of nuns sexually abused. There had been priests and bishops, "who made this".

And the still-remarkable admission from the head of the Catholic Church followed a few moments later: "I believe that it is still done. This is not a thing that stops just like that, the thing goes on." In the past there had been, according to Pope Francis even cases of "sexual slavery" by the clergy.

Pope Francis ascends in Abu Dhabi his plane to Rome - during the flight he acknowledged sexual abuse of nuns by clergy.

A confession in a controversial time

This is a spectacular confession of the Pope's coming up over the clouds on the flight back from his trip to Abu Dhabi, for the Catholic Church, explosive time. At the end of the month, Pope Francis initiated abuse conference will be held in the Vatican. Then the Pope wants to consult with the tips of all the Episcopal conferences worldwide, such as the Catholic Church can prevent abuse in their ranks in the future.

Originally the Meeting was planned as a reaction especially to cases, in which, among other things, priests, children and young miss had needs.

By now, for the first time the public confession of the Pope in the Catholic Church, the abuse of nuns is a significant Problem, the pressure for the Vatican to be even bigger, to find radical solutions.

Francis made in the flying press conference that he wants to show in the case of this topic face: "Pray that we can make further progress. I want to continue."

"do that to the archive, and the other side

Francis won has" hinted, that there are within the Catholic Church in dealing with abuse cases, Resistors. He praised his predecessor Pope Benedict for his Efforts to call those Responsible to be accountable to.

Francis ' predecessor, Benedict, knew of the operations, but failed to of the enlightenment.

Francis described, but also in the case of a non-named community of faith, against which there have been significant allegations of sexual abuse by nuns. At a Meeting Benedict the dissolution of this organization couldn't enforce but, Francis:

"Josef Ratzinger is gone with his file, with all documents. And when he came back, he said to his Secretary: 'do this to the archive, the other side has won.'"

Signal of the Pope to the own rows

at the same time Pope Francis stressed the merits of Benedict in the work-up of the abuse problem and asked the journalists present, this anecdote is not to be interpreted as proof of weakness of his predecessor. "We must not allow ourselves to be outraged about it. The steps of a process," says Francis. "When I become Pope, was one of my first actions, I said: Bring me that file from the archive and I've started it."

The current admission, that the nuns by priests and bishops have been abused, is more than a kind of public self-display in the name of the Catholic Church. In sight to the misuse of a conference it is also a Signal of the Pope in the own ranks: The Signal that Francis with this theme is serious - a subject that he obviously senses that it will be for the success or failure of his pontificate is crucial.

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