Pope thanks journalists for helping expose Church sex scandals

(ロイター)Pope Francis on Saturday thanked journalists for helping to uncover the clerical sexual abuse scandals that the Roman Catholic Church initially tried to cover up.

The Pope praised what he called the “ミッション” of journalism and said it was vital for reporters to get out of their newsrooms and discover what was happening in the outside world to counter misinformation often found online.
“(私) thank you for what you tell us about what is wrong in the Church, for helping us not to sweep it under the carpet, and for the voice you have given to the abuse victims,” the Pope said.
    Francis was speaking at a ceremony to honor two veteran correspondentsPhilip Pullella of Reuters and Valentina Alazraki of Mexico’s Noticieros Televisafor their long careers spent covering the Vatican.
      The sexual abuse scandals hit the headlines in 2002, when US daily The Boston Globe wrote a series of articles exposing a pattern of abuse of minors by clerics and a widespread culture of concealment within the Church.
        それ以来, scandals have rocked the Church in myriad countries, most recently France where a major investigation found in October that French clerics had sexually abused more than 200,000 children over the past 70 年.
        Critics accused Francis of responding too slowly to the scandals after he became Pontiff に 2013 and of believing the word of his fellow clergy over that of the abuse victims.
          しかし、 2018 he tried to address past mistakes, publicly admitting he was wrong about a case in Chile and vowing that the Church would never again seek to cover up such wrongdoing. に 2019 he called for an all-out battle against a crime that should beerased from the face of the earth.
            Francis on Saturday said journalists had a missionto explain the world, to make it less obscure, to make those who live in it less fear it.
            To do that, he said reporters needed toescape the tyrannyof always being online. “Not everything can be told through email, the phone, or a screen,” 彼は言った.

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