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Pope Francis confirms priests' abuse of nuns included "sexual slavery"

Pope Francis confirms priests' abuse of nuns included "sexual slavery"

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In 2002, The Boston Globe’s Spotlight team revealed that their local diocese had systematically covered up abuses by priests for over three decades. Seventeen years later, Pope Francis has admitted that entire orders of nuns were subject to, in his words, “sexual slavery,” and that abuses by priests continued even after the shocking expose in Boston.

He spoke primarily about the Saint Jean Order in France, which was dissolved in 2005 by former Pope Benedict. This news came out just weeks before the Vatican defrocked cardinal Theodore McCarrick for sex abuse.

Read more about these stories here and here.

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