Pope Francis will arrive in Ireland on Saturday and is expected to meet with survivors of clerical sexual abuse during the visit in an apparent bid to initiate direct dialogue and potential reconciliation. On Monday, the pope released an open letter, in which he directly addressed for the first time the accusations of sexual abuse by priests. In 2009, a report commissioned by the Irish government showed that the Archdiocese of Dublin and other authorities of the Catholic Church in Ireland hushed up clerical child abuse from January 1975 to May 2004. © AP Photo / Riccardo De LucaNope, Pope: Irish Group Calls for Pope Francis to Face Empty Seats at Public MassIn the most recent episode, a grand jury report revealed on August 14, 2018, a massive cover-up of child sexual abuse and rape of more than 1,000 children by at least 301 Roman Catholic priests in the US state of Pennsylvania. Greg Burke, a spokesman for the Holy See, responded two days later, expressing “shame and sorrow” over the report. Moreover, in late July, Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide, who was found guilty of covering up a priest’s sexual abuse of minors in the 1970s. Lack of Concrete Measures to Tackle Abuse Issue Specific action is needed to protect children from abuses, the advocacy director stressed. READ MORE: ’Irish Flag Should Not Be Disrespected’ During Protestant Anniversary in Ulster Despite some welcoming… Read full this story
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