Pope Francis has made a joke about the sexual abuse of gay priests and their families.
Francis told reporters during a visit to St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, “This is a very sad and very sad situation, and this is why I said to the Holy Father, ‘Let us take care of these priests.'”
“I want to tell the Holy See that we have an obligation to protect their dignity, and I hope that we will,” the pope added, adding that he was aware of the “tremendous pressure” on families.
“And I think it’s a great pity for the families of these victims.
They are really hurting, and we must do everything to ensure that they do not lose everything.
And they are really trying to find the dignity that they deserve,” he said.”
Let’s be careful, brothers and sisters, that we do not forget them,” Francis added, to applause from the media.
Pope Francis’ visit comes as the Vatican is struggling to address a growing public outcry over the abuse of minors and their sexual abuse victims.
Pope Joseph, the head of the Roman Catholic Church, recently appointed a commission to examine how to address the growing issue.
Francis’ remarks came on the same day the pontiff announced plans to launch a special pontifical commission to address sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.