Vatican City, Nov 12, 2021 / 13:00 pm
Pope Francis has called on governments to take urgent action against the production of child pornography in an interview with the French magazine Paris Match.
“I believe that governments should act against this delinquency as soon as possible. The groups responsible behave like mafias who hide and defend themselves,” the pope said.
“Their victims are children and minors who are used for filming; so many people, so many young people, sometimes even minors, watch these things.”
The publication of the pope’s condemnation of pornography on Nov. 11 came days after a Catholic priest in the Diocese of Cleveland, Ohio, was sentenced to life in prison on convictions of sex trafficking of youths under 18, child pornography, and sexual exploitation of children.