The Catholic Pontiff, Pope Francis has expressed concerns over the growing cases of sexual abuses traced to members of the Church even as he called for a strict application of the Canon Law to combat the abuse.
“The Church, with the help of God, is pushing forward with the commitment to do justice to the victims of abuse by our members by applying with special attention and rigour the Canon Law provided.”
The Pope made the comments today, January 21 at the Apostolic Palace while receiving representatives of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican authority that deals with abuse.
Francis said to recent reforms which make it easier to hold abusers in the Church accountable.
“This alone cannot be enough to curb the phenomenon, but it is an important step toward restoring justice, making amends for the scandal and changing a perpetrator,’’ the 85-year-old pontiff said.
The Holy See spokesperson, Matteo Bruni, had, yesterday, spoke of the Vatican’s “sense of shame and remorse for the abuse committed by some of its clergy against minors’’ and said that the report would be looked at in detail.