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Nuns 'sex slaves' scandal deals fresh blow to Catholic church

• https://www.timesofisrael.com By Ella Ide

Pope Francis's public admission that priests have used nuns as "sexual slaves" — and may still be doing so — marks a new chapter in the abuse crisis rocking the Catholic Church.

"It is the first time that the pope, but also the church as an institution, has publicly admitted this abuse is taking place, and that's hugely important," Lucetta Scaraffia, editor of the Vatican's women's magazine, told AFP on Wednesday.

The pontiff on Tuesday said Catholic priests and bishops had been sexually abusing nuns, and that his predecessor Benedict XVI had dissolved a religious order of women because of "sexual slavery on the part of priests and the founder."

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