The Pope has said that perpetrators of child sexual abuse must be punished.
In a message to clergy in Mexico, Pope Francis suggested that a culture change was needed in the Catholic Church and that he wanted an “apostolate of prevention” to be implemented to prevent minors from being abused.
He said that prevention was important “because we never know where a child will be abused” and that children in the Church must be protected “so that no one – not a single person – abuse them, that no one might keep them from coming to Jesus.”
“Any person – be they a religious, lay person, bishop, or any person – who prevents a child from coming to Jesus must be stopped in his attitudes, corrected if we are in time, or punished if there is a crime involved,” he added.
Pope Francis recently changed Church regulations to make it mandatory for clergy to report suspected sexual abuse to superiors, including disclosures made during confessions.
Vos estis lux mundi, “You are the light of the world”, was published in May following a meeting of bishops in February to discuss the protection of minors within the Church.
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SOURCE: Christian Today