The abuse of nuns by members of the church clergy came to light this month with the publication of ‚ÄúWomen Church World.‚ÄĚ
Francis confirmed what long was known by the Vatican but never discussed.
He blamed abuse on the power held by priests and others.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs a path that we‚Äôve been on. Pope Benedict had the courage to dissolve a female congregation which was at a certain level, because this slavery of women had entered it ‚Äď slavery, even to the point of sexual slavery ‚Äď on the part of clerics or the founder,‚ÄĚ he said.