The pontiff affirmed that a process is underway and that it is being done “with courage, although not everyone has the courage”
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Pope Francis answers journalists' questions during his flight back to Rome, after his apostolic trip to Bahrain, November 6, 2022 (Maurizio Brambatti/Pool via REUTERS)
The Pope Francis assured today that the Church “works in everything it can” on the abuse of minors by the clergy, although some from within “do not see it clearly”, during the press conference on the flight of returned from his trip to Bahrain.
Francis responded to a question about the recent case in France of a priest who was punished for abusing minors, but the Vatican had not reported it.
“We are moving forward, but it does not mean that there will not continue to be cases of this type, and it cannot be said that we did not know or it was the culture of the time. The Church is determined on this. We are working on everything we can, although there are people who still do not see it clearly,” he asserted.
The pontiff affirmed that a process is underway and that it is being done “with courage , although not all have the courage”, but added “that the will of the Church is to clarify everything”.
As an example, he explained that in the last two months he has received two requests for cases of abuse that were covered and that were not well investigated and that the trials are being repeated.
The pope wanted highlight that “it is tragic” that the abuser is “a priest who has the vocation to make people grow” because “that is how you destroy them” and that the first thing the Church has to feel in the face of this is “deep shame”.
Pope Francis attends a meeting of prayer in the Church of the Sacred Heart, on the last day of his apostolic journey, in Manama, Bahrain. November 6, 2022. Vatican Media/Handout via REUTERS
On the other hand, Pope Francis today called on the European Union (EU) to adopt an agreed migration policy with all countries and affirmed “that it cannot leave Spain, Italy, Greece and Cyprus alone”, with the responsibility of dealing with the migrants arriving on its shores.
During the press conference on the plane returning from his trip to Bahrain and when asked about the attitude of the new Government of Italy, which does not grant a port for the disembarkation of more than a thousand migrants who have been waiting for days on board four humanitarian ships, Francis stressed that “each EU government has to agree on how many immigrants it can take in” and not just the four mentioned.
Francis recalled that “ at sea, the lives of migrants must be saved” because “the Mediterranean has become the largest graveyard in the world.”
“The migration policy is agreed with all the EU countries, which have to take this situation in hand with a policy of collaboration and help because they cannot leave alone, and with all the responsibility of the migrants who arrive in Spain, Cyprus , Italy and Greece”, he stressed.
The Italian government, led by the far-right Giorgia Meloni, wants to put a stop to the entry of NGO boats in Italian waters, and it has been days without allowing the ships to disembark.
Faced with pressure due to the situation in which migrants find themselves, today it applied a new strategy for managing the migratory flow in the Mediterranean in a new pulse with the NGOs: choose the immigrants who are allowed to get off the humanitarian ships based on his situation of vulnerability.
The pope, sitting in front of the journalists, due to his knee problems, pointed out “that neither left-wing nor right-wing governments can do nothing, because the responsibility lies with Europe”.
He cited what he said was a proposal by former German chancellor Angela Merkel assuring that “ the problem of African migrants must be solved in Africa” and change the mentality that “Africa must be exploited, because then it is logical that people flee”.
“Some African countries they are not even owners of their subsoil, it is hypocrisy to want to solve the problem if we do not first solve what happens in Africa”, he added.
(With information from EFE)