Cardinal: Church Destroyed Documents on Clergy Sex Abuse

Pope Francis has called for "concrete measures" and handing 114 senior bishops a roadmap to shape the debate on how to stop child sex abuse by priests
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Vatican City (AFP) – A top Catholic cardinal admitted Saturday that Church files on priests who sexually abused children were destroyed or never even drawn up, a move which allowed paedophiles to prey on others.

“Files that could have documented the terrible deeds and named those responsible were destroyed, or not even created,” German Cardinal Reinhard Marx said in a speech to a landmark Vatican summit on tackling paedophilia in the clergy.

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