U2’s Bono says Pope Francis is ‘aghast’ over church sexual abuse crisis
‘I explained to him how it looks to some people that the abusers are being more protected than the victims and you could see the pain in his face,’ says Bono about his conversation with the Pope
Bono, frontman for Irish rock band U2, met Pope Francis on Wednesday and said afterwards that the pontiff is sincere in his pain over a sexual abuse crisis in Ireland.
Bono and the pope spoke for more than 30 minutes at a meeting to team up the rock star’s ONE organisation, a global campaign and advocacy organisation that aims to end extreme poverty, with a papal group named Scholas Occurrentes, which helps foster cooperation among schools worldwide.
“Having just come from Ireland, inevitably, we talked about his [being] aghast about what has happened in the Church,” Bono told reporters afterwards.
During his trip to Ireland last month, Francis begged forgiveness for the multitude of abuses suffered by victims in Ireland at the hand of the Catholic Church over decades.
“I explained to him how it looks to some people that the abusers are being more protected than the victims and you could see the pain in his face,” Bono said.
“I felt he was sincere and I think he is an extraordinary man for extraordinary times”.
Years of sexual abuse scandals have shattered the credibility of the church, which four decades ago dominated Irish society. In the past three years, Irish voters have approved abortion and gay marriage in referendums, defying the Vatican.