Holy Father Pope Francis while addressing the members of the Pontifical Commission of the Protection of Minors gathered for their Plenary Assembly, reiterated his pledge to fight against the evil of clerical sex abuse affirming that at all levels the Church will continue to respond applying the firmest of measures to all those who have betrayed their call and abused God’s children.

As reported by news.va, Holy Father Pope Francis remarked that “I wish to share with you the profound pain I feel in my soul for the situation of abused children, as I have had occasion to do recently several times.” Further, His Holiness added, “We are ashamed of the abuses committed by holy ministers, who should be the most trustworthy and let me say quiet clearly that sexual abuse is a horrible sin, completely opposite and in contradiction to what Christ and the Church teach us.”

His Holiness concluded his address by highlighting the fact that the Church is called to be a place of piety and compassion, especially for those who have suffered.