- Pope Francis said to be applying his vision of a ‘merciful church’ to sex offenders
- He reduced sentence for Rev Mauro Inzoli from defrocking to lifetime of prayer
- But Vatican spokesman said abusive priests are also removed from the ministry
Pope Francis has been slammed by church officials and sex abuse survivors for cutting penalties for paedophile priests.
The Pope is said to be applying his vision of a ‘merciful church’ to sex offenders by reducing punishments to weaker sentences, such as a lifetime of prayer and penance.
It has been revealed by church officials that Pope Francis overruled advice given to him by the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith about two priests – allowing them to be punished by a lifetime of prayer.