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Francis to stick to Benedict's line on paedophilia cases

Pope discussed issue with Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller

Francis to stick to Benedict's line on paedophilia cases

Vatican City, April 5 - Pope Francis said he would maintain the line adopted by his predecessor Benedict XVI in dealing with child sex abuse cases in the Catholic Church on Friday, the Vatican press office said. In a meeting with Mons. Gerhard Ludwig Muller, who is in charge of paedophilia issues in his role as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Francis said he would "continue in the line wanted by Benedict XVI". A Vatican statement explained that this meant: "acting with decision as regards cases of sexual abuse, promoting above all measures of protection of minors, help for those who suffered such violence in the past, (taking) the dutiful procedures against the guilty parties, the commitment of the (national) bishops conferences to formulate and implement the necessary directives in this field, which is so important for the Church's witness and its credibility". The statement added that "the Holy Father assures that those who have suffered abuse are particularly present in his attention and his prayers".

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