Vatican: Nuns Are Being Raped And Made As Sex Slaves By Priests

Vatican: Nuns Are Being Raped And Made As Sex Slaves By Priests

The Vatican on Wednesday clarified statements by Pope Francis concerning the "sexual slavery" of nuns by a French order, saying he was referring to the abuse of power that is also present in cases of sexual abuse.

But many Catholics say abuse of vulnerable adults, including nuns and seminarians, has always been a problem in the church. It said Pope Francis "considered this pope's holiness of life, witnessed to by his works and words" and took into account "the great influence of his apostolic ministry for the Church throughout the whole world".

The Pope admitted to the problem for the first time in public during a conference while returning to Rome from the United Arab Emirates. The pope's comments come two weeks before he hosts a gathering of bishops to craft a global response to the long-running scandal of paedophile priests who have targeted children and the church superiors who have covered up their crimes. "And I believe that it may still be being done".

"I think it's still taking place because it's not as though the moment you become aware of something it goes away".

The pope said the trip was "brief but very important", linking it to his 2017 visit to Al-Azhar, Egypt, the highest seat of learning in Sunni Islam, and wrote "a new page in the dialogue between Christianity and Islam and in efforts to promote peace in the world based on human brotherhood". "We've been working on this for a long time". Do we have the will?

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Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti later confirmed that Pope Benedict dissolved the Community of St. Jean in France in 2005. At the time, Benedict was a cardinal and head of the Vatican's doctrinal office.

In this era, he said, when there is strong a temptation to discord between Christian and Islamic cultures, and considering religions as sources of conflict, "we wanted to give a further, clear and decisive sign, that instead it is possible to meet, it is possible to respect and dialogue".

"Pope Benedict had the courage to dissolve a women's congregation that had a certain level because this slavery of women had entered, even sexual slavery, by clerics or by the founder", the Pope said. Phillipe died in 2006. Pope Francis did not mention who prevented the probe.

Studies and investigative reports dating back to the 1990s revealed that nuns have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of male clergy in Africa, Asia, Europe, and South America, with African clergy in particular targeting nuns in order to avoid HIV transmission from prostitutes.

Pope Francis' admission of the problem was "the umpteenth blow to the Church's image, but also an occasion to show that change really is under way", Ms Lucetta Scaraffia said. "We are working on it." the Pope said.

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