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    As Pope Addresses Abuse, Victims Push Back

    Ending a landmark summit yesterday, Pope Francis called for “an all-out battle” against sexual abuse by Catholic clergymen. Yet despite being more vocal than his predecessors, he faces criticism for failing to offer a detailed plan. One advocate called his remarks “a catastrophic misreading of the grief and outrage of the faithful.”

    What’s the most urgent step? Observers believe promoting a “zero tolerance” policy aimed at defrocking convicted priests and their superiors is a key point that the Vatican hasn’t addressed.

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