© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Pope Francis speaks throughout a gathering with individuals who have made a pilgrimage to the Assisi, throughout a personal go to, forward of World Day of the Poor, at Santa Maria degli Angeli basilica, in Assisi, Italy, November 12, 2021. REUTERS/Yara Nardi
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis on Saturday thanked journalists for helping uncover the clerical sexual abuse scandals that the Roman Catholic Church initially tried to cowl up.
The pope praised what he referred to as the “mission” of journalism and stated it was very important for reporters to get out of their newsrooms and uncover what was occurring within the exterior world to counter misinformation usually discovered on-line.
“(I) thank you for what you tell us about what is wrong in the Church, for helping us not to sweep it under the carpet, and for the voice you have given to the abuse victims,” the pope stated.
Francis was talking at a ceremony to honour two veteran correspondents — Philip Pullella of Reuters and Valentina Alazraki of Mexico’s Noticieros Televisa — for their lengthy careers spent protecting the Vatican.
The sexual abuse scandals hit the headlines in 2002, when U.S. every day The Boston Globe wrote a sequence of articles exposing a sample of abuse of minors by clerics and a widespread tradition of concealment throughout the Church.
Since then, scandals have rocked the Church in myriad international locations, most just lately France the place a serious investigation present in October that French clerics had sexually abused greater than 200,000 youngsters over the previous 70 years.
Critics accused Francis of responding too slowly to the scandals after he turned Pontiff in 2013 and of believing the phrase of his fellow clergy over that of the abuse victims.
But in 2018 he tried to handle previous errors, publicly admitting he was unsuitable a few case in Chile and vowing that the Church would by no means once more search to cowl up such wrongdoing. In 2019 he referred to as for an “all-out battle” towards against the law that needs to be “erased from the face of the earth”.
Francis on Saturday stated journalists had a mission “to explain the world, to make it less obscure, to make those who live in it less fear it”.
To do this, he stated reporters wanted to “escape the tyranny” of at all times being on-line. “Not everything can be told through email, the phone, or a screen,” he stated.
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