Pope Acknowledges Church’s Abuse ⛪

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Abuse of nuns

On Tuesday, Pope Francis acknowledged the scandal of priests and bishops abusing nuns, admitting for the first time that the Catholic Church has an ongoing sexual abuse problem. The Pope explained, “Should we do something more? Yes. Is there the will? Yes. But it’s a path that we have already begun.”

The gospel of tolerance?

The Pope’s comments come at the tail end of his historic 3-day trip to the Middle East — he is the first pontiff to visit the Arabian Peninsula, the birthplace of Islam. His trip was meant to emphasize peace and religious tolerance.


LEANING LEFT:

Chicago Tribune: Pope Francis publicly acknowledges priests and bishops have been sexually abusing nuns

NY Post: Pope Francis admits nuns have been sexually abused by clergy

The left places the story within the context of sexual abuse scandals and the #MeToo movement. This side offers details from a recent report by “Women Church World,” the women’s supplement to the Vatican’s newspaper, which identified a culture of abuse among the clergy.

LEANING RIGHT:

WSJ: Pope acknowledges priests and bishops have sexually abused nuns

The Blaze: Pope Francis confirms ghastly reports of priests’ abuse and ‘sexual slavery’ of nuns

The right places the story within the context of the Pope’s historic trip to the Middle East. After including the Pope’s comments about sexual abuse, this side also offers information about the Pope’s time in the U.A.E. and his meetings with other influential religious leaders.


What impact will the Pope have?

In anticipation of his trip abroad, many hoped that the Pope would, 1) address criticism for the Vatican's failure to respond adequately to the abuse crisis, and 2) use his moral influence to “reignite” peaceful negotiations between Palestine and Israel. He appears to have attempted both, but it remains to be seen whether either will see meaningful consequences.

The Pope loves everybody

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