In an unique, wide-ranging interview in Rome final month, the Pontiff mentioned the church had “zero tolerance” for abuse and mentioned that “a priest can’t stay a priest if he’s an abuser.”
The church’s response to intercourse abuse scandals has change into one of many defining themes of Francis’ time as Pope, and he advised CNN Portugal that each case of abuse inside the church “hurts” him.
Addressing the subject, Francis mentioned he did not imagine celibacy performed a task in inflicting the abuse.
“I do not deny the abuse. Even when it was just one [case], it’s monstrous. Since you, priest, you, nun, must take that boy, that lady to God and with this you destroy their lives. It is monstrous. It’s destroying lives. After which they arrive to you with questions. Might or not it’s that celibacy [is to blame]? It is not about celibacy,” he mentioned.
“That is one factor about abuse, it’s a harmful factor, humanly diabolical,” he mentioned. “In households there isn’t any celibacy and all that and, typically, it occurs. So, it’s merely the monstrosity of a person or girl of the church who’s psychologically sick or evil and makes use of their place for his or her private satisfaction,” he added.
Criticism for battle feedback
The Pope additionally revealed that he has been in touch with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, chatting with him on the telephone.
He mentioned he has prior to now met each Zelensky and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin after they visited him in Rome. However when requested what he might inform the 2, the Pope mentioned: “I do not know.
“I had a dialogue with each [of them]. They each visited me right here earlier than the battle. And I all the time imagine that in dialogue we all the time transfer ahead,” the Pope mentioned. “You understand who does not know the best way to discuss? Animals. They’re pure intuition.”
Francis has been criticized for a few of his feedback about Russia’s battle on Ukraine. In a June interview with Italian newspaper La Stampa, Francis mentioned the battle “was maybe ultimately both provoked or not prevented.” He mentioned that earlier than Russia invaded Ukraine he met with “a head of state” who “was very apprehensive about how NATO was transferring.”
The Ukrainian Ministry of International Affairs summoned Apostolic Nuncio to Ukraine, Archbishop Visvaldas Kulbokas, to debate Francis’ assertion, saying that it “unjustly” equates “the aggressor and the sufferer.”
The Pope, who has beforehand indicated he could be keen to journey to Kyiv and Moscow, advised CNN Portugal such a go to was “up within the air.”
No Pope has ever traveled to Moscow earlier than. Pope John Paul II traveled to Ukraine in 2001.
He mentioned he was unable to journey in the intervening time due to points along with his knee, however mentioned that his presence in Ukraine was “sturdy” as a result of he despatched a number of cardinals to Kyiv to signify him.