>> Pope Francis says the Catholic Church arrived late over the problem of sexual abuse of children by priests. Speaking on Thursday the pontiff made remarks to commission made up of nuns and cardinals advising him on how to root out sexual abuse. The Pope admitted that early in his papacy he'd been too lenient on one occasion over an Italian priest who later went on to abuse again.
He also announced he has decided to change current procedures for dealing with abusive priests by eliminating appeals, trials and cases where there was definitive proof of guilt. Church sexual abuse broke into the open in a series of cases in Louisiana in 1984. In 2002, journalists in Boston found that bishops had systematically moved abusers to new posts instead of defrocking them.
Thousands of cases have come to light around the world as investigations have encouraged long silent victims to go public. The move shattered the church's reputation in places such as Ireland, and more than $2 billion in compensation has been paid out to victims.