Some skeptical about meeting between Pope, abuse victims

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Leaders of the Catholic Church have announced plans to meet with sexual abuse victims, but not everyone is convinced that this will help.

Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, is organizing an upcoming meeting between Pope Francis and a group of clergy sex abuse victims.

The Pope says he hopes the meeting will show that he wants the Church to move forward with a zero-tolerance policy. This move will be the first of its kind for Pope Francis, who has called the abuse of children in the Church an “ugly crime.”

Some people that 22News spoke with Tuesday said that it could send the Church in the right direction, but it is hard to believe there will be any lasting change.

“”I just can’t believe that they didn’t do it sooner and I’m very glad that he’s finally… this one seems to be a good guy, and he’s trying to do something useful,” Jinny Mason of West Whately said.

Leaders of the U.S.-based victims’ group called Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests are calling the announcement by the Pope an “ineffective move” and a “public relations maneuver.”

The Pope also announced that there are three bishops currently being investigated by the Vatican with respect to the abuse scandal, but he did not specify whether they are being accused of committing abuse, or if they’re suspected of being involved in covering it up.

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