Pope Francis Admits Vatican Has 2000-Case Backlog Of Sexual Abuse Cases

Pope Francis admitted that the Vatican has a 2000-case backlog of sexual abuse cases according to the Associated Press.

Pope Francis admitted that the Vatican has a 2000-case backlog of sexual abuse cases according to the Associated Press.

Pope Francis acknowledged Saturday that the Vatican has a 2,000-case backlog in processing clerical sex abuse cases and says criticism of the slow pace was justified. But he says more staff are being added and insists the Vatican is “on the right path.” He denied he had ever agreed to a request for clemency from a pedophile priest, saying once a sentence is confirmed on appeal by the congregation “it is finished.” Francis has come under fire from some survivors and their advocates for his handling of the abuse crisis. He won praise for having created the advisory commission and for promising “zero tolerance” for abuse.

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