Cardinal Blase Cupich

Pope Remains Silent on Sex Abuse Allegations, Announces Environmental Event

Pope Francis offered a generic apology Wednesday for “ecclesiastical authorities in the past” who have not always been able to deal appropriately with crimes of sexual abuse, while maintaining his silence regarding recent allegations that the he is personally compromised by rehabilitating a known abuser.

Pope Francis delivers his speech during his audience for members of the International Pilgrimage of the Ministrants at St Peter's Square on July 31, 2018 in Vatican City. (Photo by Andreas SOLARO / AFP) (Photo credit should read ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images)