Priests Sexually Abuse Nuns, Admits Pope Francis

Pope Francis blesses worshipers during the weekly general audience on Feb. 6 2019 at Paul-VI hall in the Vatican

The largest association of religious sisters in the United States called Thursday for an overhaul of the male-led leadership structure of the Catholic Church, after Pope Francis publicly acknowledged the problem of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns.

His comments, given in response to a reporter's question during an in-flight press conference, were the first public acknowledgement by a pope of a long-simmering scandal that is erupting at the same time that the Catholic hierarchy is under siege for its decades-long cover-up of the sexual abuse of minors.

"There have been priests and also bishops who have done that, and I believe that it may still be being done", Francis said of the sexual assault of nuns. We'll shed light on the newest scandal for the Catholic Church. "I think it is still going on because something does not stop just because you have become aware of it", the Pope said.

Catholic nuns around the world have increasingly been reporting sexual abuse at the hands of clerics.

"We tried to reach out to the Pope because in some of the countries he visits, an amnesty for the release of non-violent prisoners sometimes happens".

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Francis noted that Pope Benedict XVI had taken action against a France-based order that admitted the priest who founded it had violated his chastity vows with his female recruits. This is the first time that the Vatican has positively recognize these claims.

3-5 visit to Abu Dhabi, the pope said during his weekly general audience February 6 that the joint document signed by him and Egyptian Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, the grand imam of al-Azhar and chair of the Muslim Council of Elders, was a step forward in promoting dialogue and brotherhood.

"There are cases, usually in new congregations and in some regions more than others", Francis said on Tuesday.

"Pope Benedict had the courage to dissolve a women's congregation that had a certain level because this slavery of women had entered, even sexual slavery, by clerics or by the founder", the Pope said.

POGGIOLI: He did not name the order, but a Vatican spokesman said it was the French order Contemplative Sisters of Saint-Jean.

In a separate case in India previous year, a bishop was arrested over allegations that he raped a nun 13 times between 2014 and 2016. "I want it to go forward".

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