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Pope takes on abuse, too slowly for some

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in the Vatican on Feb. 24, the final day of his landmark sex-abuse summit

POPE FRANCIS ARRIVED AT THE VATICAN IN 2013 promising “decisive action” on the child sex-abuse crisis that has racked the Catholic Church for at least three decades. Survivors around the world had told of horrific assaults by priests and callous cover-ups by senior clerics; in the U.S. alone, a 2004 church-commissioned report recorded over 10,000 accusations against more than 4,000 priests. Since then, the evidence has only grown. Yet advocates say Francis has offered little to restore the moral authority of the church beyond strong words.

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