Pope Francis Vows No More Sex Abuse Coverups

Speaking at his anti-abuse summit at the Vatican on Sunday, Pope Francis vowed to crack down on pedophile priests within the Roman Catholic Church.

The crimes won’t be covered up “as was usual in the past,” he promised at the end of the four-day series of meetings of Catholic leaders, according to German news agency Deutsche Presse-Agentur

The statement comes just after German Cardinal Reinhard Marx admitted on Saturday that documents that could have named abusers “were destroyed, or not even created” while victims’ rights “were effectively trampled underfoot,” NBC News reported.

“Instead of the perpetrators, the victims were regulated and silence imposed on them,” he said. “The stipulated procedures and processes for the prosecution of offenses were deliberately not complied with, but instead canceled or overridden.”

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Pope Francis and Archbishop George Gaenswein share a laugh as a child plays with a Swiss guard after getting up to the area where the pontiff was sitting during his weekly general audience, in the Paul VI Hall, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Pope Francis has praised the freedom, albeit undisciplined, of a hearing impaired child who climbed onto the stage during his general audience to play. The Swiss Guards and Vatican gendarmes stood by Wednesday and gamely let the young boy run around Francis as monsignors read out his catechism lesson in various languages in the Vatican audience hall. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A child plays with a Swiss guard after getting up to the area where Pope Francis was speaking, during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A child stands by a Swiss guard after getting up to the area where Pope Francis and Archbishop George Gaenswein are sitting, during the pontiff weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Pope Francis has praised the freedom, albeit undisciplined, of a hearing impaired child who climbed onto the stage during his general audience to play. The Swiss Guards and Vatican gendarmes stood by Wednesday and gamely let the young boy run around Francis as monsignors read out his catechism lesson in various languages. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A child plays with a Swiss guard in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Pope Francis has praised the freedom, albeit undisciplined, of a hearing impaired child who climbed onto the stage during his general audience to play. The Swiss Guards and Vatican gendarmes stood by Wednesday and gamely let the young boy run around Francis as monsignors read out his catechism lesson in various languages in the Vatican audience hall. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A child plays with a Swiss guard in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Pope Francis has praised the freedom, albeit undisciplined, of a hearing impaired child who climbed onto the stage during his general audience to play. The Swiss Guards and Vatican gendarmes stood by Wednesday and gamely let the young boy run around Francis as monsignors read out his catechism lesson in various languages in the Vatican audience hall. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A child plays with a Swiss guard in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Pope Francis has praised the freedom, albeit undisciplined, of a hearing impaired child who climbed onto the stage during his general audience to play. The Swiss Guards and Vatican gendarmes stood by Wednesday and gamely let the young boy run around Francis as monsignors read out his catechism lesson in various languages in the Vatican audience hall. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A child plays with a Swiss guard in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Pope Francis has praised the freedom, albeit undisciplined, of a hearing impaired child who climbed onto the stage during his general audience to play. The Swiss Guards and Vatican gendarmes stood by Wednesday and gamely let the young boy run around Francis as monsignors read out his catechism lesson in various languages in the Vatican audience hall. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A child plays with a Swiss guard in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Pope Francis has praised the freedom, albeit undisciplined, of a hearing impaired child who climbed onto the stage during his general audience to play. The Swiss Guards and Vatican gendarmes stood by Wednesday and gamely let the young boy run around Francis as monsignors read out his catechism lesson in various languages in the Vatican audience hall. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A child plays with a Swiss guard in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Pope Francis has praised the freedom, albeit undisciplined, of a hearing impaired child who climbed onto the stage during his general audience to play. The Swiss Guards and Vatican gendarmes stood by Wednesday and gamely let the young boy run around Francis as monsignors read out his catechism lesson in various languages in the Vatican audience hall. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A child is taken away after getting up to the area where Pope Francis is sitting, right, during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. Pope Francis has praised the freedom, albeit undisciplined, of a hearing impaired child who climbed onto the stage during his general audience to play. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Pope Francis and Archbishop George Gaenswein share a laugh as a child plays with a Swiss guard after getting up to the area where the pontiff was sitting during his weekly general audience, in the Paul VI Hall, at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A child looks up at a Swiss guard after getting up to the area where Pope Francis and Archbishop George Gaenswein are sitting, during the pontiff' weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A child approaches a Swiss guard after getting up to the area where Pope Francis is sitting, right, during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
A child plays with a Swiss guard after getting up to the area where Pope Francis was speaking, during his weekly general audience in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican, Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
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Opening the summit last Thursday, which the pope called after botching a sex abuse case last year in Chile that was known to have been a coverup, he told the nearly 200 leaders present it was time for action, The Associated Press reported.

“The holy people of God are watching and expect not just simple and obvious condemnations, but efficient and concrete measures to be established,” Francis said.

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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