- The Washington Times - Friday, April 5, 2013

Pope Francis said Friday that the Catholic Church was going to take decisive action against members of the clergy found guilty of sex abuse.

He promised to have the church move “with determination” in such cases, The Associated Press reported. The pope made the statements during a meeting with Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, who is the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine off Faith.

“The Holy Father recommended that the congregation continue the line sought by Benedict XVI, to act with determination in regard to cases of sexual abuse,” the Vatican said, AP reported.

The pope suggested a variety of ways to help minors who were victimized by clergy, and he also drove home the need to take action against perpetrators, AP said.