Pope to Vatican: ‘Act decisively’ on sex abuse cases


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Victims' group calls for action not words, says Francis should take a new path

Francis calls on the Church hierarchy to "act decisively" against sexual abuse

He urges measures to boost protection for children, the Vatican says

The Catholic Church has been rocked by claims of priests sexually abusing minors

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Pope Francis has told a senior Vatican official to “act decisively” against sexual abuse and carry out “due proceedings against the guilty,” the Vatican announced Friday.

Francis last month took the helm of a Roman Catholic Church that has been rocked in recent years by allegations of priests sexually abusing minors.

Francis recommended that the Church’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith “act decisively with regard to cases of sexual abuse, first of all by promoting measures for the protection of minors, as well as in offering assistance to those who have suffered abuse, carrying out due proceedings against the guilty,” the Vatican said.

The statement does not specify who “the guilty” are.