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Pope Francis: Church Was Too Slow to Respond to Sex Abuse

Pope Francis has acknowledged that the Catholic Church’s record on child sex abuse was not only flawed but “the consciousness of the church arrived a bit late.” Speaking to an advisory panel on child protection Thursday, the pope continued, “When the consciousness arrives late, the means to resolve the problem arrive late. Perhaps the old practice of moving people around, and not confronting the problem, kept consciences asleep.” The Vatican is again facing scrutiny over a priest and diplomat who is suspected of breaking child-pornography laws in the U.S.