Vatican reacts on US grand jury report on ‘predator’ priests
Written by: George Kalisa
Thursday, August 16th, 2018, 5:11
Vatican spokesman Greg Burke has today said in a statement that the sex abuse embedded in a US grand jury report in Pennsylvania is tantamount to criminal and morally reprehensible. He said such acts were a betrayal of trust and robbed victims of their dignity and faith.
“Those acts were betrayals of trust that robbed survivors of their dignity and faith. They are criminal and morally reprehensive,” said Greg Burke in a statement.
This is the first response Vatican has made since the US grand jury report in Pennsylvania was released.
Vatican henceforth calls on the Catholic Church to learn from the bad history as well as holding offenders accountable.
“The Catholic Church must learn hard lessons from its past” added the statement.
The clergy were called upon to comply with the civil law besides arguing the public to report sex abuse against young people who are highly vulnerable to “predator” priests.
More than 300 “predator” priests in Pennsylvania are accused of abusing more than 1,000 children across seven decades, a grand jury said in a devastating report that decried a systematic cover-up by the Catholic Church, reported Reuters.
The statement further said that Pope Francis understood how these crimes can shake the faith and spirit of believers and he vowed to root out this tragic horror.
But, the leader of the Catholic Church, who is expected to say something on the issue during his visit in Ireland on August25, until now he has not yet released a comprehensive strategy to address this outstanding vice that has crept on for decades.