Pope Francis Plans Meetings with Victims of Sex Abuse by Priests

Bill Reker

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Pope Francis is reaching out to the victims of child sex abuse by priests.

He repeated, aboard his papal plane returning from Jerusalem, there will be zero tolerance for clergy who violate children.

David Clohessey with the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests is not impressed.

“It’s just more words,” he says. “And if kids are going to be safe, they need to take decisive action from the pope, from the top down. That’s what was missing from his two predecessors, and that’s what is missing even now.”

Clohessey says meetings will make some people feel good in the short-term, but will protect no children in the long run.

The pope plans meetings with victims next month at the Vatican.

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