Pope Francis's public admission that priests have used nuns as "sexual slaves", and may still be doing so, marks a new chapter in the abuse crisis rocking the Catholic church.
"It is the first time that the pope, but also the church as an institution, has publicly admitted this abuse is taking place, and that's hugely important," Lucetta Scaraffia, editor of the Vatican's women's magazine, said on Wednesday.
The pontiff on Tuesday said Catholic priests and bishops had been sexually abusing nuns, and that his predecessor Benedict XVI had dissolved a religious order of women because of "sexual slavery on the part of priests and the founder".
The Church has "suspended several clerics" and the Vatican has been "working (on the issue) for a long time," he said.
The abuse was "still going on, because it's not something that just goes away like that. On the contrary," he added. Full report
Amidst Huge Scandals, The Vatican Still Declares Herself Holy
“The Pope has the power to change times, to abrogate laws, and to dispensewith all things, even the precepts of Christ.” “The Pope has the authority and often exercised it, to dispense with the command of Christ.” Decretal, de Tranlatic Episcop. Cap. (The Pope can modify divine law.) Ferraris’Ecclesiastical Dictionary.”
“The task of interpreting the Word of God authentically has been entrusted solely to the Magisterium of the Church, that is, to the Pope and to the bishops in communion with him.” CCC 100
“The Pope is of so great authority and power that he can modify, explain, or interpret even divine law”. The pope can modify divine law, since his power is not of man, but of God, and he acts a vicegerent of God upon earth” Lucius Ferraris, Prompta Bibliotheca, art. Papa, II, Vol. VI, p. 29.
How can a church so evil declare itself the sole authority on the Bible and the laws of God?