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Pope's stance on paedophile clergy a shame

LIKE many others, I was impressed with Pope Francis when he first stepped on to that balcony in Rome, with his easy manner and casual tone.

Here is a man who can tackle the nest of vipers within. Last week, however, I read that Italy's bishops have adopted a policy – with backing from the Vatican – that states they are not obliged to inform police officers if they suspect a child has been molested by a predatory cleric.

The arrogance is staggering, coming weeks after the UN report condemned the Vatican for its "code of silence" around abusive priests. How disappointing it is to realise that Francis may be just another politician pandering to the public with empty rhetoric.

SEAN SMITH

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