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Pope Compares Sex Abuse by Priests to a 'Satanic Mass', Says There Will be Zero Tolerance: VIDEO


Pope Francis told reporters on a plane trip back from the Middle East on Monday that he would meet with sex abuse victims at the Vatican next month and liked sex abuse by priests to a "satanic Mass," Reuters reports:

Asked about whether he would move against bishops who were accused of sexual abuse, he said "there will be no daddy's boys" and no privileges, adding that three bishops were currently under investigation.

"Sexual abuse is such an ugly crime ... because a priest who does this betrays the body of the Lord. It is like a satanic Mass," he said in some of the toughest language he has used on a crisis which has rocked the Church for more than a decade.

"We must go ahead with zero tolerance" he said.

Watch Francis make the remarks, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Satanic mass language was a good move when talking to priests. Many of these guys respect and the mass but have little respect for people. This lets them know that ain't happening.

    Posted by: woody | May 27, 2014 8:05:20 AM

  2. Why do we need priests again? Somebody remind me.

    Imagine there's no priesthood......
    Imagine there's no war.....

    Posted by: james street james | May 27, 2014 8:09:38 AM

  3. The whole Damned xtian church is Satanic!

    Posted by: St.Eve | May 27, 2014 8:16:18 AM

  4. Zero tolerance? So when can we expect the Pope to expel Cardinal Law from his luxury haven at the Vatican to face long overdue justice in Boston?

    Posted by: escapm | May 27, 2014 8:18:44 AM

  5. Not much of a church with no priests.

    Posted by: Geo | May 27, 2014 8:19:24 AM

  6. "victims at the Vatican next month and liked sex abuse by priests to"

    typo: should be linked not liked ;)

    Posted by: Ulu | May 27, 2014 8:23:16 AM

  7. I see he's still dressed for a white party though.

    Posted by: Michael W. | May 27, 2014 8:26:25 AM

  8. okay, I'm listening... now how about some results?

    Not just the abusers but their enablers within your organization as well.

    @ESCAPM, Bravo... and add Levada of San Francisco to that list. I think he & Law must be bunking together.

    Posted by: pete n sfo | May 27, 2014 8:46:19 AM

  9. Oh ESCAPM you're funny. The Pope only said bishops accused of child molestation would be pursued. The ones who aided & abetted rapists, defrauded insurance companies, and obstructed justice are totally safe.

    Posted by: CPT_Doom | May 27, 2014 8:55:14 AM

  10. show, don't tell, as everything you've done to this points indicates you're still covering for child molesters. That means getting the police involved.

    Posted by: Will | May 27, 2014 8:55:34 AM

  11. "typo: should be linked not liked ;)"

    I would think "likened".

    Posted by: BobN | May 27, 2014 9:08:19 AM

  12. new boss, same as the old boss.

    Posted by: candide | May 27, 2014 10:59:11 AM

  13. No daddy's boys? How about Pope emeritus who condoned this mess? And Timmy Dolan who avoided paying the victims by hiding the Church's money.

    Posted by: simon | May 27, 2014 11:08:15 AM

  14. Also he should recall the sainthood of John Paul II.

    Posted by: simon | May 27, 2014 11:11:23 AM

  15. I'm guessing many bishops are now praying for his early demise.

    Posted by: anon | May 27, 2014 11:25:43 AM

  16. What about cardinals, like Dolan, who happily covered up the crimes of rapist priests?

    BTW, why haven't those high-level Church officials been indicted? Aren't they guilty of obstruction of justice and being accessories after the fact for participating in cover-ups?

    Posted by: Mark | May 27, 2014 11:40:15 AM

  17. Once again he shows that he is as evil as the ex-Pope and hasn't understood anything.

    Posted by: Steve | May 27, 2014 12:04:42 PM

  18. No all the sexual abuse happened to boys (there are large cases in South America and SE Asia of priest abuse of girls.)

    And I'd assume zero tolerance applies to those covering for the abuse. It is aiding and abetting a crime.

    Posted by: unruly | May 27, 2014 12:47:18 PM

  19. Satanic masses are quite reasonable things.

    Sexual abuse is not.

    Interesting that Catholics spend so much time preventing and punishing one, but not the other. It tells you their values.

    Posted by: Randy | May 27, 2014 12:50:04 PM

  20. Best. Pope. Ever.

    Posted by: SeattleMike | May 27, 2014 3:22:54 PM

  21. Lets see. It sounds more like a commercial. Suppose I am a CEO of a company, first thing I would do is not to make an announcement. I would name the culprits first (supposedly there have been some internal investigations going on). As a start, I will demote Timmy Dolan. Then I will hand over documents relating to the criminals already mentioned by others here to authorities.

    Posted by: simon | May 27, 2014 6:24:33 PM

  22. Wow. I concur with best pope ever. (I'm an atheist.)

    Posted by: Brian | May 27, 2014 8:06:09 PM

  23. I think it is just a ploy. (I am a Catholic)

    Posted by: rick | May 27, 2014 9:56:29 PM

  24. God is not such a bad idea. (I am an atheist.)

    Posted by: Rick | May 27, 2014 11:02:15 PM

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