The Head of the Catholic Church, and sovereign of the Vatican City State, Pope Francis has confirmed reports that a particular Malawian Diocesan Priest has impregnated 30 nuns.
According to Pope Francis, priests and bishops in the Catholic Church had sexually abused nuns and that some priests have been suspended on several occasions.
It has been severally reported that Nuns around the world have suffered sexual abuse by priests, sometimes resulting in pregnancy and abortion, but church leaders have “failed to discipline” the clerics involved, the New York Times reports.
According to five reports written by senior members of women’s religious orders and a priest, cases of sexual abuse against nuns have been reported in at least 23 countries.
Vatican spokesperson Joaquin Navarro-Valls said, “Work is being done both on the training of people and the resolution of individual cases”. He added, however, that “some negative cases cannot let us forget the often heroic faith expressed by the large majority of those men and women in religious orders and of the clergy”.