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Words not enough for some abuse victims, as Pope Francis pleas for forgiveness

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 01:20

April 11 - After Pope Francis' plea for forgiveness for the ''evil'' of priestly child abuse, some abuse victims say they'd rather see actions than listen to more words. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Pope Francis made his first public plea for forgiveness Friday for the "evil" committed by priests who molested children. While he may have used some of his strongest language yet on the Roman Catholic Church's sexual abuse crisis it's not enough for victim Joelle Casteix. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JOELLE CASTEIX, WESTERN DIRECTOR FOR "SNAP," THE SURVIVORS NETWORK OF THOSE ABUSED BY PRIESTS, SAYING: "This is the status quo. Pope Francis is the third pope to apologize for the sexual abuse of minors. He's doing nothing but continues in the patterns of his predecessors. He is continuing by forming committees, by making apologies, by asking for forgiveness, and he's also following in the path of his predecessors by not doing anything, by not punishing anybody and by not ensuring that what happened to me and other kids isn't still going on." She says it is the children who are often forgotten in the debate. (SOUNDBITE) (English) JOELLE CASTEIX, WESTERN DIRECTOR FOR "SNAP," THE SURVIVORS NETWORK OF THOSE ABUSED BY PRIESTS, SAYING: "The kids are always forgotten in this. The Church does everything they can to make it about money and make it about policies and make it about commissions, but what they forget about are kids like me who where 15 years old, 14 years old, sexually abused, and my perpetrator got me pregnant and gave me a sexually transmitted disease and no one was there to help me." Pope Francis, said on Friday that the Church had to take a stronger stand on a scandal indicating there would be repercussions for perpetrators.

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Words not enough for some abuse victims, as Pope Francis pleas for forgiveness

Friday, April 11, 2014 - 01:20