> To those who abuse minors I would say this, change and hand yourself over to human justice and prepare for divine justice.>> And it's not the first time the Pope has confronted the issue. Earlier this month he removed two cardinals from his inner circle over sex abuse scandals.
Pope Francis has admitted short sightedness and errors within the Church. This year the Pontiff himself strongly defended a bishop in Chile who had been accused of covering up abuse. But then later launched an enquiry into the incident and accepted the resignations of the bishop and others. The Pope now insists the Church is taking a zero tolerance approach.
Francis spoke ahead of a summit on the sex abuse crisis that will take place February next year. Which will see some 110 heads of National Catholic Bishops Conferences, experts, and leaders of religious orders discussing sexual abuse in the Vatican.