1. SOUNDBITE, Tim Lennon, president of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests:
"Words, words, words, thoughts and prayers, does not make a child safer. "He could, with the stroke of a pen, demand that every diocese in the world, release the records. No more secret files. That's one sentence, two minutes worth of action. he could with another two minutes, and one sentence, say every accusation of child sex abuse has to be reported to civil society. So both of those actions, he could take. Instead of quoting scripture, he could take action. He has not."
2. SOUNDBITE, Heather Hogan-Spencer, advocate for clergy abuse victims:
"Worthless. What are prayers and penance going to do for folks who are now abusing alcohol and drugs to self-medicate because a priest raped them?"
3. SOUNDBITE, Theresa Scaccia (SKAY'-shah), parishioner: "I believe that what the pope is saying is right because he's being guided by the power of the holy spirit. So it has to be corrected. But I say everything will be corrected through prayer."
New York - 20 August 2018
4. St. Patrick's Cathedral
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Sylvia Mendez, Catholic
"Right now after listening to the Pope he's very concerned with Americans losing faith and hope in the church because of what's going on with the clergy. But you know needless to say that was long ago. We just have to put in place terms and conditions to prevent what has happened and to keep America faithful."
Catholics and former Catholics responded Monday to the Pope's statement against clergy sex abuse.
The group 'Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests' held rallies throughout Pennsylvania calling on the Pope to order all dioceses worldwide to release their records on clergy sex abuse.
Some Catholics who attended Mass on Monday said they hoped the church would put in place new procedures to protect children and find and expel predatory clergy.
Pope Francis issued a letter to Catholics around the world Monday condemning the crime of priestly sexual abuse and its cover-up. He demanded accountability but offered no indication of how he plans to sanction complicit bishops or end the Vatican's long-standing culture of secrecy.
Francis begged forgiveness for the pain suffered by victims and said lay Catholics must be involved in the effort to root out abuse and cover-up. He blasted the clerical culture that has been blamed for the crisis, with church leaders more concerned for their reputation than the safety of children.
The Pope's message comes several days after a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report that an estimated 300 Roman Catholic priests in the state molested more than 1,000 children — and possibly many more — since the 1940. The report accused senior church officials, including the man who is now archbishop of Washington, D.C., Cardinal Donald Wuerl, of systematically covering up complaints.
The "real number" of victimized children and abusive priests might be higher since some secret church records were lost and some victims never came forward, the grand jury said in the report that is the largest of its kind in the United States.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl, leader of the Washington Archdiocese, was accused in the report of helping to protect abusive priests when he was Pittsburgh's bishop from 1988 to 2006.
Wuerl has disputed the allegations. Someone crossed out his name with spray-paint at a Catholic school north of Pittsburgh on Monday.
The investigation of six of Pennsylvania's eight dioceses— Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh and Scranton — is the most extensive investigation of Catholic clergy abuse by any state, according to victims' advocates. The dioceses represent about 1.7 million Catholics.
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