> Pope Francis opening the so called Youth Synod on Wednesday.
He referred to the scandal of the church as quote, our own shortcomings, mistakes and sins. Reuters Philip Pullella in Rome says Francis is looking to leaders, to stop faith from being snuffed out among the young.>> Well many people, young people around the world are disenchanted with their church.
They are shocked to the core because of the sexual abuse crisis which has hit so many countries particularly the United States, Germany, Australia. And so basically what the Vatican wants to do with this Senate which was prepared a long time before the recent spate of sexual abuse crisis, is to try and win back the trust of young people through their delegates here.
>> Francis appear to point directly to what is at stake for the 1.2 billion member church, its very credibility. While the month long meeting is officially titled, young people faith and vocational discernment, the crisis looms large in the background, and is expected to be integral to informal discussions.
But not everyone agrees this meeting will help. In a sign of extraordinary pressure, the Archbishop of Philadelphia called for the Synod to be cancelled, so the Vatican could prepare another meeting on preventing sex abuse. And new research released a day before the synod, shows that confidence in Pope Francis handling of the crisis has plummeted.