- Associated Press - Friday, March 7, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan says he anticipates Pope Francis will meet with sex abuse victims.

Dolan tells David Gregory in an interview taped Friday for NBC News’ “Meet the Press” that he’s met with victims, most bishops and pastors have, too, and the pope “probably will” also.

Pope Francis has come under criticism for doing too little after announcing a commission of experts to study best practices on protecting children three months ago.

Dolan says in the interview the church needs to do more on the issue. But he says child sex abuse is a societal and cultural problem and the church shouldn’t be singled out.

When asked his view on openly gay Missouri football star Michael Sam, Dolan says “Bravo.”

Dolan’s full interview will air Sunday, March 9.

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