The abuse of a minor is a horrific crime. The failure of institutions, including the Church, to protect children has meant broken lives and broken promises.
“We hear these children and their cries of pain,” said Pope Francis in 2016. “It is a sin that shames us. We regret this deeply and we beg forgiveness.”
The Church in the United States has not only recognized its failure but it continues to go to great lengths to swiftly and openly address the harm caused by some of its members and see that it never happens again.