Catholic priests claim they are ‘living in a state of persecution’ because of child abuse scandals – and argue the REAL crisis in the church is dwindling congregations

Daily Mail

September 27, 2019

By Hayley Richardson

– Archbishop Paul Gallagher, from Liverpool, says things have changed radically
– Each year the Vatican processes hundreds of cases of priests accused of abuse
– Father Hans Zollner says Pope Francis, 82, has put scandal on the world agenda
– He said there is a sense among priests that they can do whatever they want

Catholic priests claim they are living in a ‘state of persecution’ amid ongoing investigations into sexual abuse allegations dating back decades.

In tonight’s Inside the Vatican, the second part of a BBC 2 documentary, members of the clergy address the scandal which rocked the Catholic Church last summer and the resonating impact it’s had.

Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Holy See Foreign Minister, claims things have changed ‘very radically’ due to dwindling trust in the establishment.

Don Luigi, a priest who has lived in the Vatican since he first arrived as a 12-year-old altar boy, claims he now feels members of the clergy live in a ‘kind of persecution by the media’.

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