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God Weeps For Sex Abuse Victims, Says Pope Francis

Posted: Sep 27, 2015 at 3:26 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Pope Francis said Sunday morning that all those responsible for the sexual abuse of youth by clergy will be held accountable.

“God weeps” for sexual abuse of children, he said, vowing “careful oversight” to ensure that youth are protected.

“The people who had the responsibility to take care of these tender ones violated that trust and caused them great pain,” he said during a meeting with bishops in Philadelphia.

Earlier Sunday, Francis met with victims of clergy sexual abuse, Bishop Edward Burns said via his Twitter account.

“I have heard in my heart these stories of suffering of those youth that were sexually abused, and it continues to be on my mind,” Francis told the bishops.

“Those who have survived this abuse have become true heralds of mercy. Humbly we owe each of them our gratitude for their great value, as they have had to suffer terrible abuse, sexual abuse of minors,” he said.