Pope Francis Decries Sins of the Church

Before heading to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis issued a letter to the faithful expressing his dismay with the failure of the hierarchy to protect children and vulnerable persons under their care. “With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives. We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them.” The Pope called for prayer and penance as well as the consistent implementation of zero tolerance policies that have been established around the world over the last 16 years.