Pope says youth are ‘scandalized’ by Catholic Church’s ‘monstrous’ abuse crisis


September 25, 2018

By Daniel Burke

Pope Francis says young Catholics are “scandalized” by the Catholic Church’s “monstrous” clergy sexual abuse crisis but adds that church officials who tried to handle abusive priests many years ago should not be judged by today’s standards.

The Pope’s comments came Tuesday aboard the papal flight home from the Baltics, when he answered reporters’ questions for about 50 minutes.

On Tuesday, Francis met with young people in Tallinn, Estonia, where he also acknowledged the church’s abuse scandal and said Catholic leaders need to be “converted” to address young people’s concerns.

“Young people are scandalized by the hypocrisy of older people,” Francis told journalists on Tuesday. “They are scandalized by war. They are scandalized by incongruity, they are scandalized by corruption, and as part of this corruption … sexual abuse.”

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