Pope Francis thanks journalists for exposing the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal

Pope Francis thanked journalists for their coverage of the clerical sexual abuse scandal that has plagued the Catholic Church.

The pope praised journalists for giving a voice to victims of abuse and praised the “mission” of journalism at a ceremony in honor of two veteran correspondents from the Vatican.

“[I] Thank you for telling us about what is wrong in the Church, for helping us not to sweep it under the rug, and for the voice you have given to the victims of abuse, ”he said.

The ceremony was held to honor Reuters journalist Philip Pullella and Valentina Alazraki of Noticieros Televisa in Mexico.

The pope came under fire in the midst of the scandals for not reacting quickly enough to the accusations. Mr. Francis initially also took the side of the clergy in terms of victims of abuse.

The abuse scandal first surfaced in 2002, after coverage led by the Boston Globe contained several articles about minors who had been sexually abused by priests.

Critics also went after the church over its attempts to hide the abuse scandals.

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