KIMT News 3 - Following years of allegations aimed at the Catholic Church, the leader of the church is issuing an apology of his own.
Pope Francis says he is asking for forgiveness from those who were victims of sexual abuse and says he vows to ensure the protection of young people within the church.
According to local church leaders, they say it’s a move supported by many clergy as the church looks to hold themselves accountable and move toward more transparency.
“I just think that it’s important that people know and recognize that this is not an issue that the church is sweeping away. It’s one that has had great efforts toward the last two years since it became public,” said Fr. Neil Manternach of St. Joseph’s Church in Mason City.
Just last month, Pope Francis organized a group of church officials to help in the combating sexual abuse in the church.
By taking these actions, some say we could see the first in what could be many sanctions against bishops who knowingly protected information about priests and inappropriate behavior with children.
“In individual circumstances, sorrow is important too but I just think that it’s important that people know and recognize that this is not an issue that the church sweeps away,” said Manternach.