Victims of clergy abuse want bishops held responsible

While many appreciated the pope's recognition of clergy abuse Sunday, victims say that the pontiff's words were not enough.

Victims say that laws have to be changed to allow for the statute of limitations to be lifted on the abuse cases so the abusers will be held accountable.

Victims say that laws have to be changed to allow for the statute of limitations to be lifted on the abuse cases so the abusers will be held accountable. (9/27/15)

PHILADELPHIA - While many appreciated the pope's recognition of clergy abuse Sunday, victims say that the pontiff's words were not enough.

Pope Francis met with clergy sex abuse victims in Philadelphia on Sunday, and promised to hold those responsible accountable.

"I commit to a careful oversight to ensure that youth are protected, and all responsible will be held accountable," he says.

Robert Hoatson, former priest with the Archdiocese of Newark who now counsels victims of abuse, says victims want the pope to hold bishops accountable for allowing priests who have abused to stay in ministry.

"Are you going to fire them because you haven't fired anybody yet?" Hoatson says. "Are you going to tell the bishops to stop blocking legislation in the United States that will give victim survivors their day in court?"

In June, Pope Francis set up a tribunal to examine bishops of wrongdoing.

Hoatson's group offered the names Archbishop John Meyers of Newark, former Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, and Cardinal Raymond Burke.

He says that the pontiff hasn't outlined the procedure he plans to use to investigate and hold the bishops accountable.

Victims say that laws have to be changed to allow for the statute of limitations to be lifted on the abuse cases so the abusers will be held accountable.

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