According to one estimate, as many as 100,000 American children have been victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy. Pope Francis has gone farther than his predecessors in addressing the problem: He’s created a Vatican tribunal to try bishops accused of covering up abuse, and called a 17-member commission on abuse.
Still, plenty of victims want to see the Church go further in addressing the problem, victims like Representative Mark Rozzi, a Pennsylvania state legislator.
Rep. Rozzi grew up in Temple, Pennsylvania in a deeply Catholic community. His entire extended family went to the same parochial school, where Rozzi was abused by a priest at the age of 13.
Rep. Rozzi tells The Takeaway that, for him, the pope’s visit brings only traumatic memories.