Pope Francis may be 'backsliding' on paedophile priest crackdown, senior Catholic official warns

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‘A senior Australian Catholic official has warned Pope Francis may be “backsliding” in his crackdown on paedophile priests in the face of an intransigent Vatican establishment.

Francis Sullivan, who is in charge of the Catholic Church’s truth, justice and healing council, said he feared the Vatican’s “bureaucrats and courtiers [were] doing all they can to either undermine the Pope or driving an agenda” of protecting “the institution”, according to the Australian Associated Press.

The Pope ordered a “zero-tolerance” stance on members of the clergy who abused children in 2014. Some months earlier the church had been criticised by the UN for the frequency with which allegedly abusive priests were moved to different areas rather than turned over to police.’

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