The Pope, in the course of the greetings to the Francophone-speaking faithful at the general audience, expresses pain and shame for the shocking report on pedophilia in the French Church. Bergoglio, off the cuff, voices his “shame for the Church’s inability to focus on victims”. Greeting the Francophone-speaking faithful, the Pope affirmed that it is a duty “to ensure that the church is a safe home for all”. “Sisters and brothers, yesterday – the Pope recalled – the Bishops’ Conference, the conference of French men and women religious received the report of the independent commission on sexual abuse in the church in charge of assessing the extent of the phenomenon of aggression and sexual violence carried out on minors since 1950 and then “.” Unfortunately, there are considerable numbers. I wish to express to the victims my sadness and pain for the traumas they have suffered. And also my shame, – said Bergoglio – our shame, my shame for the too long inability of the church to put them at the center of its concerns by assuring them of my prayers “.” I pray and pray together all: to you Lord the glory, to us the shame. This is the moment of shame. I encourage the bishops and you dear brothers who have come here to share this moment. I encourage bishops and superiors and religious to continue to make all efforts so that the drama s imili do not repeat themselves. I express my closeness and paternal support to the priests of France in the face of this hard but healthy trial and I invite French Catholics to assume their responsibilities to ensure that the Church is a safe home for all “, the words of the Pontiff. he can never force in the name of Jesus, no one can be made a slave in the name of Jesus who makes us free “, the Pope admonishes.” The Christian – Bergoglio observes off the cuff – must be free, no to slavery by strange precepts “.” Freedom – observes the Pontiff during the catechesis – is a treasure that is truly appreciated only when it is lost. For many of us, accustomed to living in freedom, it often appears more as an acquired right than as a gift and an inheritance from How many misunderstandings around the theme of freedom, and how many different visions have clashed over the centuries! “. Another pillar of freedom, the Pope continues, is the truth:” How many people do we find living the truth of Cris without being theologians, they are the great testimony of the freedom of the Gospel. Freedom makes free to the extent that it transforms a person’s life and directs him towards the good. And there, in the heart, open ourselves to the grace of Christ. The truth must worry us, anxiety is the signal that the Holy Spirit is working, he must continually ask us questions, so that we can go deeper and deeper into what we really are. In this way we discover that the path of truth and freedom is a tiring journey that lasts a lifetime. Freedom makes us free, makes us joyful, makes us happy ”.
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