For the first time today, the head of Vatican, Pope Francis, has publicly acknowledged that sexual assault and rape are happening inside the Catholic Church. Mary Dispenza is a former nun who, when she was a child, suffered abuse from a priest.
Francis returned to Rome on Tuesday from the United Arab Emirates, where he presided in Abu Dhabi at the largest public Mass ever celebrated on the peninsula where Islam was born. He said on Tuesday that he is committed to ending the problem in the Roman Catholic Church. The acknowledgment comes just two weeks before he hosts an unprecedented gathering of bishops to craft a global response to the scandal of priestly predators who target children and the superiors who covered up the crimes. She set up a support group for survivors of clerical abuse.
The Community of St Jean admitted in 2013 that Philippe had behaved "in ways that went against chastity" with several women in the order, according to the French Catholic newspaper "La Croix".
"When the Holy Father, referring to the dissolution of a Congregation, spoke of 'sexual slavery, ' he meant 'manipulation, ' a form of abuse of power which is reflected also in sexual abuse", said Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti. The pontiff's admission marked the first time that the Catholic Church has openly acknowledged the veracity of claims of sexual abuse against nuns.
"His gestures became more and more inappropriate", she said, adding: "But he kept going... until the day he raped me".
In a statement in November, the International Union of Superiors General (UISG)-an organization that represents female Catholic religious orders around the world-said they stood by the women and men who have reported their abuse.
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Vatican clarified his comments about abuse of nuns.
"Pray that this goes forward", he said of the Vatican's efforts to fight it.
The Vatican newspaper's women's magazine, L'Osservatore Romano, last week blamed the all-male clergy for the crisis.
"The abuse of women results in procreation and so is at the origin of the scandal of imposed abortions and children not recognised by priests", wrote the article's author Lucetta Scaraffia, a feminist intellectual and editor-in-chief of Women Church World. Yes", he added. "Do we have the will? Yes.
Francis said some priests have already been suspended and charges are being handled on a case-by-case basis.
Back when he was a cardinal, Joseph Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI) wanted to investigate the said French religious order where women are being abused, but he was blocked.