Pope Admits Priests Have Sexually Abused Nuns And Forced Into ‘Sexual Slavery’

Pope Francis has admitted that clerics have sexually abused nuns, and in one case they were kept as sex slaves.Pope Admits Priests Have Sexually Abused Nuns And Forced Into 'Sexual Slavery' 1He said in that case his predecessor, Pope Benedict, was forced to shut down an entire congregation of nuns who were being abused by priests. It is thought to be the first time that Pope Francis has acknowledged the sexual abuse of nuns by the clergy. He said the Church was attempting to address the problem but said it was “still going on”. Pope Francis made the comments on Tuesday to reporters while on a historic tour of the Middle East. He admitted that priests and bishops had abused nuns, but said the Church was aware of the issue and “working on it”. “It’s a path that we’ve been on,” he said.Pope Admits Priests Have Sexually Abused Nuns And Forced Into 'Sexual Slavery' 2“Pope Benedict had the courage to dissolve a female congregation which was at a certain level, because this slavery of women had entered it – slavery, even to the point of sexual slavery – on the part of clerics or the founder.” Alessandro Gisotti of the Vatican press office later told CBS News that the order in question had been based in France. Pope Francis said sexual abuse of nuns was an ongoing problem but happened largely in “certain congregations, predominantly new ones”. Last November, the Catholic Church‘s global organisation for nuns denounced the “culture of silence and secrecy” that prevented them from speaking out.Pope Admits Priests Have Sexually Abused Nuns And Forced Into 'Sexual Slavery' 3Photo Credit: Getty

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