Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Vatican (Catholic news). According to a Spiegel Online report dated today, there has been on the return flight the three-day Middle East trip by Pope Francis a press conference. The Holy Father addressed child abuse among other topics, Pope resignation and celibacy. In terms of child abuse by clergy, he reiterated as his predecessor Pope Em. Benedict XVI. the Church's zero tolerance. "Sexual abuse is a terrible crime, because a clergyman who does such things, commits treason to the body of the Lord. It's like a Satanic Mass", said Spiegel, quoting the Pope. Currently there are three bishops being investigated, one has already been convicted. In addition, the Holy Father announced a Mass that he wants to celebrate with eight abuse victims next week. After that, he wants to talk to them in private conversations about their experiences. On the resignation Pope Francis said Benedict XVI has opened a door and set an example for future popes. A Pope would have to ask the question resignation when he realizes that his ability wanes. Also Pope Francis didn't rule out resignation for himself. He'll do what the Lord commissioned him, "... I will pray and try to fathom His will ..." said Francis. Celibacy was also discussed. Unmarried priests are a gift to the Church and not a dogma of faith.
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By: Andreas Gehrmann
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