Pope Francis and Zero Tolerance

By William Doino Jr. 4 . 6 . 15, First Things

The outcry against Pope Francis’s appointment of Chilean Bishop Juan Barros, who has long been associated with a child abusing priest of the Diocese of Osorno, has placed the pope’s “zero tolerance” policy against sexual abuse into question.

As Pope, Francis has taken many decisive actions against sexual abuse. He created a special Vatican Commission to combat it, and soon thereafter met with a group of victims, expressing his pain over their suffering:

"I feel the gaze of Jesus, and I ask for the grace to weep, the grace for the Church to weep and make reparation for her sons and daughters who betrayed their mission, who abused innocent persons."

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