Pope blames clergy abuse on ‘Satan’ as activists dismiss his speech a ‘PR stunt’
Pope Francis has described the child sexual abuse scandal engulfing the Catholic church as ‘the work of the devil’ and offending priests ‘the tools of Satan’. Speaking at a mass marking the end of a four-day summit on the protection of minors, the pope said awareness is growing within the church to ensure disciplinary measures are in place to tackle sexual abuse and vowed to protect children from the ‘ravenous wolves’. But activists and sexual abuse survivors have been angered at the pope’s failure to offer a concrete action plan to hold bishops accountable. ‘Why don’t they start with something concrete like removing the bishops who cover up,’ said clergy sexual abuse victim Alessandro Battaglia.