Pope: Vatican Pedophile Scandal Undermines Church's 'Credibility'
Pontiff addressed child sex abuse scandal plaguing the Catholic church
Pope Francis addressed the ongoing child sex abuse scandal plaguing the Catholic church saying it has "undermined its credibility."
The historic cover-up and protection of pedophile priests have caused a massive distrust in the church over the last ten years.
In a letter delivered to US bishops, the Pontiff urged them to end internal bickering and tackle the child abuse crisis.
Stating the obvious in a letter released by the Vatican, the Pope said that the "hurt caused" has generated "division and dispersion" within ranks of US bishops.
"God's faithful people and the Church's mission continue to suffer greatly as a result of abuses of power and conscience and sexual abuse, and the poor way that they were handled," he wrote, adding that priest had "concentrated more on pointing fingers than on seeking paths of reconciliation."
"Combating the culture of abuse, the loss of credibility, the resulting bewilderment, and confusion, and the discrediting of our mission urgently demands of us a renewed and decisive approach to resolving conflicts," the Pope wrote.
Pope Francis recently called on all Catholic Priests who sexually abused children to turn themselves in and prepare for "divine justice."
During his Christmas message in the Vatican's Clementine Hall on Friday, the pope said the issue of pedophile clergy members has "undermined" the credibility of the church.
He acknowledged the ongoing epidemic of pedophilia, allegedly involving hundreds of Catholic Churches officials, urging all priests who have molested or raped children to surrender themselves."
"Convert and hand yourself over to human justice, and prepare for divine justice," Pope Francis advised predatory priests.