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Pope Francis urgе Church to recognize historic male domination and women abusing

He also asked not to be "disillusioned" by the last clerical sexual abuse scandal

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/NOVOSTIVL/ Pope Francis, addressing an array of scandals, said on Tuesday the Roman Catholic Church had to acknowledge a history of male domination and sexual abuse of women and children and repair its reputation among young people or risk becoming "a museum". This article appeared in the Reuters.

But, in a major document offering a partial admission of significant failings by clergy, he also said that the church "could not agree with everything some feminist groups propose," a clear reference to the Church’s ban on a female priesthood.

The pope is grappling with criticism over the Church’s response to a decades-long sexual abuse crisis that has gravely damaged its standing around the globe and seen it pay out billions of dollars in compensation.

Francis made his comment in a 50-page "Apostolic Exhortation", his reflections on the workings of a month-long meeting of bishops in October on the role of young people in the 1.3 billion-member Church.

Francis also urged young people not to be disillusioned by the clerical sexual abuse scandal that has hit the Church, but to work with the overwhelming majority of priests and other clergy who had remained faithful to their vocation.

"A living Church can look back on history and acknowledge a fair share of male authoritarianism, domination, various forms of enslavement, abuse and sexist violence," the 82-year-old pontiff said.

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