Pope Francis also asked bishops for "complete commitment to ensuring that these atrocities will no longer take place in our midst"."In this area, let us adhere, clearly and faithfully, to 'zero tolerance'."The pontiff himself has received mixed reviews on how the Vatican handles sex abuse.
Pope Francis has laid out procedures to oust bishops for negligence, if they mishandle investigations into alleged abuse.
One case has come back to haunt him: An Italian priest who received the pope’s clemency was later convicted by an Italian criminal court for his sex crimes against children as young as 12. Mauro Inzoli is now facing a second church trial after new evidence emerged against him, The Associated Press has learned.
ROME -- A founding member of a three-year-old commission set up by Pope Francis to protect minors from sexual abuse in the Catholic Church has quit, accusing the Vatican of “stonewalling” the commission.
As CBS News correspondent Seth Doane reports, it is a very public blow to the Vatican on a very sensitive issue, and at the center of it all is a victim of sex abuse who says there’s cultural resistance to change in the church.
Pope Francis acknowledged Saturday that the Vatican has a 2,000-case backlog in processing clerical sex abuse cases and says criticism of the slow pace was justified.
But he says more staff are being added and insists the Vatican is "on the right path." Francis was making his first comments about the criticism leveled at the Vatican's handling of sex abuse cases by Marie Collins, an Irish abuse survivor who resigned from Francis' sex abuse advisory commission in March.