Former German nun demands action: Pope's abuse admission insufficient

Pope Francis blesses worshipers during the weekly general audience on Feb. 6 2019 at Paul-VI hall in the Vatican

The Pope admitted to the problem for the first time in public during a conference while returning to Rome from the United Arab Emirates.

He said that priests and bishops had abused nuns, but said the Church was aware of the "scandal" and was "working on it", adding that a number of clerics had been suspended.

In recent months, more and more nuns and women are coming forward to expose the abuse that is happening in the Catholic Church.

And Providence wanted it to be a Pope by the name of Francis, 800 years after the visit of St. Francis of Assisi to the sultan al-Malik al-Kamil.

Pope Francis (R) leads mass for an estimated 170,000 Catholics at an Abu Dhabi sports stadium on February 5, 2019. The article also claimed that nuns were kept as sex slaves and were forced to abort their babies because priests do not recognize them as their children. The case caused a firestorm of protests on behalf of the nun and her fellow sisters, as well as backlash against the nun from within the church, underscoring the risks nuns face in reporting any abuse they suffer.

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The Vatican, for example, launched an investigation previous year into a small religious order in Chile after sisters reported some of their fellow nuns had been thrown out of the congregation after they brought their complaints of abuse by priests to their mother superior.

"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, according to CNN. And yet church authorities have rarely addressed the issue publicly. The admission also comes in the wake of the International Union of Superiors General's November 2018 denouncement of the church's "culture of silence" concerning abused nuns. Last year, a Kerala nun alleged that Bishop Franco Mulakkal had raped her 13 times between 2014 and 2016. The abuse was "still going on because it's not something that just goes away like that".

Pope Francis said sexual abuse of nuns was an ongoing problem, but happened largely in "certain congregations, predominantly new ones".

"An AP examination has found that cases have emerged in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia, demonstrating that the problem is global and pervasive, thanks to the universal tradition of sisters' second-class status in the Catholic Church and their ingrained subservience to the men who run it". My thoughts - he said - goes to the families suffering from the pain, as well as to the Haitian people struck by this new tragedy.

She said the issue was abusive power relationships, with clerics controlling everything from nuns' vocations to their salaries.

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