US President Donald Trump is saddened by the news circulating regarding sexual abuses within the institution.
A Pennsylvania grand jury report that identified 301 predator priests has renewed an international wave of reports on the sex-abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, based on a report published.
President Donald Trump, who is embroiled in an ongoing political scandal, said the crisis in the Catholic Church is “so sad to watch.”
The American leader talked about the issue in an exclusive Oval Office interview with The Daily Caller, a conservative publication.
“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,” Trump said, according to The Daily Caller.
“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 active leader on social media.
The Pennsylvania grand jury report revealed an extensive cover-up and accused Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, D.C., of moving predator priests from parish to parish while he served as the bishop in the Pittsburgh diocese.
Wuerl’s predecessor, Theodore McCarrick, who served as the Washington archbishop from 2001 to 2006, resigned in July from the College of Cardinals after he was accused of sexual abuse.
“I’m surprised at McCarrick, everyone knew him and so incredible to see these things,” Trump said. “It’s devastating for the Catholic Church.”
Reports allege Pope Francis, who Trump has been at odds with in the past, knew about the sex-abuse allegations against McCarrick and other clergy.
Pope Francis has criticized Trump’s immigration policy of separating migrant families, and during the 2016 presidential election said Trump was not a Christian because of his plans to build a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico.
“The Pope is handling it I guess the best anyone can handle it. How is he going to handle it?” Trump said, according to The Daily Caller.