Vatican City, Sep 21, 2017 / 07:16 am
Thursday in a written speech Pope Francis reiterated the Catholic Church's commitment to the protection of minors from sexual abuse, stating that the Church will continue to take a "zero tolerance" stance against offenders.
"Let me say quite clearly that sexual abuse is a horrible sin, completely opposite and in contradiction to what Christ and the Church teach us," the Pope's prepared remarks stated Sept. 21.
"That is why, I reiterate today once again that the Church, at all levels, will respond with the application of the most firm measures to all those who have betrayed their call and abused the children of God."
Pope Francis addressed members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors at the opening of their plenary assembly. Handing out copies of his prepared statement to those present, he then delivered off-the-cuff remarks.