Pope Thanks Journalists For Exposing Catholic Church Sex Scandals


Pope Francis has thanked members of the press for their help to expose the widespread sexual abuse present within the Catholic Church.



Speaking on Saturday, the Pope praised what he described as the ‘mission’ of journalism, and went on to express how important it was for reporters to get out into the real world and seek truth in an age of misinformation.



This was stated during a ceremony held to celebrate two veteran correspondents: Reuters’ Philip Pullella and Noticieros Televisa correspondent Valentina Alazraki. Both journalists have reported on the Vatican for many years, and have now been honoured with ‘Knight’ and ‘Dame’ titles.



Speaking at the Vatican, Pope Francis declared that the world requires journalists who are willing to ‘wear out the soles of their shoes’ to escape ‘the tyranny of always being online, on social networks, on the web’. He then continued to thank the journalists for reporting ‘what is wrong in the church, for helping us not to sweep it under the carpet and for the voice you have given to the victims of abuse’.


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Sexual abuse scandals have been circling the media since 2002, when the Boston Globe reported on a pattern of child abuse by clerics, a pattern that was being concealed by the church – sparking several investigations and just last month, a large-scale investigation in France revealed that French clerics had abused over 200,000 children over the past 70 years.

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