Pope Francis, along with other church leaders, has condemned child sexual abuse by priests. The church has already begun implementing reforms to more strictly discipline guilty members in an effort to respond to the allegations against Cardinal Juan Pablo Escot de Caro, an archbishop in the Philippine capital of Manila.
“Through this act, the archbishop brought disrepute on the Catholic Church,” a court document cited by Reuters read. “Responsible for this act is a man of humble beginnings who was taken up in the spirits of his faith and his people.”
According to Reuters, the 88-year-old cardinal was arrested after he was apprehended by authorities on Oct. 31 in Brgy. Quiapo, a slum area on the outskirts of Manila. His extradition to the United States, where he faces charges in Pennsylvania of procuring sex with minors, has been delayed because of his ailing health.
The arrest of Cardinal Escot de Caro is the latest in a series of revelations of sexual misconduct by priests, including a Pennsylvania grand jury’s report on decades of abuse. On Oct. 30, Pope Francis called for a special synod of bishops to “think and pray about” the clergy abuse scandal.
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