Pope Francis vows to end sexual abuse after McCarrick report

By | November 11, 2020

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis is vowing to rid the Catholic Church of sexual abuse and offering prayers to victims of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. The pledge Wednesday came a day after the Vatican released its detailed report into the decades-long church cover-up of McCarrick’s sexual misconduct. Francis concluded his weekly general audience by recalling that the report into the “painful case” of the former high-ranking American cardinal had been released Tuesday. He said: “I renew my closeness to victims of any abuse and commitment of the church to eradicate this evil.” He then paused silently for nearly a minute, apparently in prayer.

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