The Pope has said he is profoundly sorry for the victims of sexual abuse by priests and that God weeps for them.
“I hold the stories and the suffering and the sorrow of children who were sexually abused by priests deep in my heart,” said Francis, who’d met earlier Sunday morning with three women and two men who’d been victimized as youths. “I remain overwhelmed with shame that men entrusted with the tender care of children violated these little ones and caused grievous harm. I am profoundly sorry. God weeps.”
Francis made his remarks to at least 300 bishops, who had been attending the previous week’s Vatican-sponsored World Meeting of Families, at St. Martin’s Chapel of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. The pope and his entourage spent the night at the seminary.
Meeting with Roman Catholic bishops in Philadelphia, Pope Francis on Sunday called for continued vigilance against clergy sexual abuse of youth and superiors’ efforts to conceal grave misdeeds.