President Trump: Child Abuse Scandal is ‘Devastating the Catholic Church’

President Trump: Child Abuse Scandal is ‘Devastating the Catholic Church’

POTUS gives statement on sex abuse epidemic, Pope Francis, and pedophile McCarrick

President Trump has spoken out on the recent wave of child abuse allegations that have rocked Catholic Church diocese across the United States, describing the scandal as “devastating” for the religion.

Donald Trump expressed great sadness over the ongoing revelations of sexual abuse involving Catholic clergy members.

During an Oval Office interview with DCNF, the president tacitly defended the Pope’s handling of the crisis, saying the head of the Vatican was dealing with it “the best anyone can handle it.”

When describing the number of victims and the length of time the abuse has continued, Mr. Trump said it’s “one of the sadder stories.”

Speaking to the Daily Caller, Trump said, “It’s so sad to watch,” when asked for his thoughts on the issue, lamenting “the numbers, the length of time, you know, going back 70 years, I think it’s having a really negative impact on the Catholic Church. …

“To me it’s one of the sadder stories ’cause I respect so much the Catholic Church. And to me it’s a very sad story.”

The sexual abuse scandal arose in recent weeks after the release of a Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing decades of abuse within the state over the previous decades.

The report implicated dozens of priests in sexual abuse and the highest levels of Church leadership in the U.S. in covering up these abuses.

The report has led to calls for leaders like Archbishop of Washington Donald Wuerl to resign for allegedly knowing about the sexual misconduct of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

A recent letter by the former Vatican representative to the U.S. Carlo Vigano then alleged that Pope Francis himself was made aware of McCarrick’s misconduct in years prior.

The president, however, defended the Pope’s handling of the crisis saying “the Pope is handling it, I guess the best anyone can handle it. How is he going to handle it?” 

Trump then demurred on whether the Church leadership in the U.S. should resign over the scandal.

“I’m surprised at McCarrick, everyone knew him and so incredible to see these things.

“It’s devastating for the Catholic Church.”

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