Pope seeks decisive action against sex abuse

Published: Friday, April 5 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT

Pope Francis salutes as he arrives for his weekly general audience in St. Peter square at the Vatican Wednesday, April 3, 2013.

Alessandra Tarantino, Associated Press

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis indicated Friday that he will seek to have the church act "with determination" against clergy sex abuse cases.

The pope pushed for decisive action during a meeting with the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, the Vatican said in a statement.

"The Holy Father recommended that the congregation continue the line sought by Benedict XVI, to act with determination in regard to cases of sexual abuse," the Vatican said.

Francis cited measures to protect minors, help victims of sexual violence and necessary action against perpetrators, and emphasize that drafting and implementing directives by bishop conferences around the world is important to the credibility of the church.

U.S. victims of clergy abuse have demanded swift and bold actions from the new Jesuit pontiff.

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