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Vatican magazine denounces sexual abuse of nuns by priests

News Summed Up 2019-02-01 05:30:00

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s women’s magazine is denouncing the sexual abuse of nuns by priests — and the resulting “scandal” of religious sisters having abortions or giving birth to children who are then not recognized by their fathers. The February issue of “Women Church World,” a monthly magazine distributed alongside the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, was published Friday. It cited Pope Francis’ own analysis of abuse by saying clerical power was at the root of the problem. ADVERTISEMENTIt said nuns have been silenced for years by fear of retaliation against themselves or their orders if they report the priests who molested them. The article noted that reports written by religious sisters were presented to Vatican officials in the 1990s about the problem of priests sexually abusing nuns in Africa — they were considered “safe” partners at the height of the HIV crisis.