Abuse survivor's message to Pope Francis: "Clean up your church, get rid of the pedophiles"

Three clergy abuse survivors all want to know why the Catholic Church still has not laid out concrete steps to stop child sex abuse. "CBS This Morning" has followed their fight for justice since last year, all the way from the U.S. to Rome, where they attended a summit with church leaders and called for a zero-tolerance policy for abuse.

On Sunday Pope Francis addressed the crowd in St. Peter's Square, promising to confront abusers with "the wrath of God," end the cover-ups by church officials, and prioritize the victims of what he termed "brazen, aggressive and destructive evil."

But the survivors told CBS News correspondent Nikki Battiste they all want to know why the Catholic Church still has not laid out concrete steps to stop child sex abuse.

Battiste asked them how they're feeling after the pope's speech.

Mary Dispenza, a former nun, said, "I don't think our children are any safer now than four days ago, by what I heard."

"What's one word you would use to describe how this summit went?"

Dispenza said, "Disappointing."

Shaun Dougherty, who was molested by a teacher at a Catholic grade school when he was 10, said, "Shortfall."  

Meanwhile, Pennsylvania State Legislator Mark Rozzi, who said his priest raped him when he was 13 years old, characterized it as "a start."

Battiste asked, "What would yo...

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  • Mee Too
    commented 2019-03-06 21:11:19 -0600
    And the more things change the more they stay the same. Sexual child abuse by the clergy will continue unchecked until the whole catholic culture changes. They simply don’t have the ability to police or control themselves. The laws regarding the Statue of Limitations need to change so that predator pedophile priests can no longer ride out the time clock.
  • Tim McGuire
    commented 2019-02-25 18:35:33 -0600
    Can just one country step up and start what needs to happen? If one member country of the United Nations makes a plea to all other member nations affected by this scourge, it is possible to freeze the assets of the rogue nation (the Vatican). Their hand needs to be forced. We can accomplish this from “outside” the Vatican. No need to wait for Pope, assets frozen worldwide until real world reparation for crimes against humanity involving children have been satisfied. This has been going on for over 1500 years. Stop it in this lifetime!

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