Pope to Meet Sex-Abuse Victims

    Pope Francis waves as he arrives for a meeting at the Church of Gethsemane in Jerusalem May 26, 2014.  Pope Francis navigated the minefield of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and humbly bowed to kiss the hands of Holocaust survivors on Monday, the last day of a Mideast trip laden with bold personal gestures.  REUTERS/Andrew Medichini/Pool  (JERUSALEM - Tags: RELIGION POLITICS) - RTR3QXVN

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    Pope Francis announced Monday that he will meet at the Vatican with a group of half a dozen sex-abuse victims. The pope declared a “zero-tolerance” policy for the sexual abuse of children, adding “There are no privileges.” He announced his first meeting with victims of clerical abuse during an in-flight press conference from Jerusalem to Rome. But many victims are unimpressed. David Clohessy, the executive director of Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests (SNAP), said “The simple truth is this is another gesture, another public-relations coup, another nice bit of symbolism that will leave no child better off and bring no real reform to a continuing, scandal-ridden church hierarchy.” Pope Francis also revealed that three bishops are under investigation for abuse-related reasons.

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