One in 50 priests is a pervert, says Pope

One in 50 priests is a pervert, says Pope
Pope Francis has said one in 50 priests could be paedophiles (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino

The Catholic Church is riddled with thousands of paedophile priests, the pope said yesterday.

Its roll of shame, which Pope Francis called ‘a leprosy in our house’, included ‘priests, bishops and cardinals’.

Data suggested one in 50 of the church’s 400,000-plus priests were paedophiles but the pontiff pledged to ‘confront it with the severity it demands’.

His comments came during an interview with one of Italy’s best-known journalists Eugenio Scalfari. Later, the Vatican attempted to row back on the claims, accusing Scalfari’s paper of trying to ‘manipulate naive readers.’

Also yesterday, the Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev Justin Welby admitted more child abuse cases were likely to emerge from the Church of England.

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