Pope Francis Condemns Priest Sexual Abuse, Calls for 'No Effort to Be Spared' in Prevention

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Parishioners worship during a mass to celebrate the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary at St Paul Cathedral, the mother church of the Pittsburgh Diocese on August 15, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo: Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

Pope Francis issued a letter Monday condemning sexual abuse and its concealment within the Catholic church. The Pope wrote "we showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them” and that “no effort must be spared” to prevent future abuse. The pope's letter comes after a grand jury report in Pennsylvania detailed the cover up of sexual abuse of more than a thousand minors over seven decades. Forum discusses the pope's response and the call for California Attorney General Xavier Becerra to convene a grand jury to investigate abuse by priests in California. Tell us, what steps would you like to see the Catholic church take to end sexual abuse within its ranks? What do you think of the Pope’s letter?


Dan McNevin, Bay Area leader, SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests)

Thomas Plante, professor of psychology, Santa Clara University

David Gibson, director, Center on Religion and Culture at Fordham University