The Catholic Church has suffered irreparable damage from the allegations of clerical sexual abuse over the past decades.

Now, the leader of the church, Pope Francis is doing all within his power to salvage what is left of its once-sterling reputation.

The pope had in the recent past resorted to dismissing some influential priests for either their roles in covering up the abuses or for actively participating in the abuse of victims.

The latest to face severe punishment is prominent American archbishop, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick who was defrocked only last week for abusing seminarians in the early 90s.

On Thursday, the pope continued its quest to clean up the mess by convening a summit where he promised concrete actions against child sexual abuse by priests.

The pontiff countered skepticism from some survivors who said the meeting looked like a public relations exercise.

The summit would see the pope meeting Catholic leaders from around the world for the four-day meeting to address the scandal that has ravaged the Church’s credibility across the world.

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The church has paid billions of dollars in settlements in Ireland, Chile, Australia, and elsewhere over the last three decades.

“Faced with the scourge of sexual abuse committed by men of the Church against minors, I wanted to reach out to you,” Francis told the assembled bishops and heads of religious orders.

He asked them to “listen to the cry of the little ones who are seeking justice”.

“Victims expected concrete and efficient measures and not mere condemnations,” he added.

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