Listen: Pope Francis, United States, Greg Burke discussed on PRI's The World
"I'm Carol hills, and this is the world pope Francis issued an unprecedented letter today addressed at Catholics worldwide. It addresses the global sex abuse crisis that continues to engulf the church and the alleged cover up in country after country, by bishops and others in the church hierarchy. The letter appears to have been prompted by the latest revelations of abuse here in the US from the world's religion desk. Here's Matthew bell. The Vatican described today statement from pope Francis as an impassioned letter addressed to the whole people of God Massimo Fizuli an expert on the Catholic church at Villanova university says, he can't think of another papal statement like it going back at least a couple of centuries. These called what happened. We've the glucose sexual abuse, not just as sins and emissions, but crimes. Francis even use the word atrocities to describe what Catholic clergyman have done to children. The pope referred. To a recent grand jury report from Pennsylvania about widespread sexual abuse and cover ups, saying they were long ignored. Visually says, this wasn't the first time that a pope has expressed remorse for these crimes, but the atmosphere, especially in the US Catholic church is what's very different. Now, they're ease a bipartisan, anger and rage against the peace, cabal hierarchy and eats church that has never been in this kind of wish it not even into thousand into Wendy's. KENDALL erupted in Boston that he's really an you when he says, bipartisan visually means there's agreement among liberal and conservative Catholics alike. The US bishops cannot be trusted to get to the bottom of this. I don't completely share that personally, but this is something that you certainly out there on the laypeople and among many in the clergy. So this is new because they're ease a total collapse in iniquity, ability of duets bishops, unity, US church, one word that was not used in the letter by pope. Francis was bishops, but that can spokesman, Greg Burke released. An audio sound bite that did foot. Frances greater accountability is urgently needed, not only for those who committed these crimes, but also for those who cover them up, which in many cases means bishops. Burke emphasized the scope of the problem. He mentioned Chile where authorities are also conducting an investigation into Catholic clergy, sexual abuse and cover up. And I rarely which has been coming to terms with its own version of the scandal for."