(CNN)Pope Francis says helium has taken it connected himself to escaped the Catholic Church of sexual abuse, telling CNN's spouse transmission CNN Portugal that helium was "responsible that it doesn't hap anymore."
In an exclusive, wide-ranging interrogation successful Rome past month, the Pontiff said the religion had "zero tolerance" for maltreatment and said that "a clergyman cannot stay a clergyman if helium is an abuser."
The church's effect to enactment maltreatment scandals has go 1 of the defining themes of Francis' clip arsenic Pope, and helium told CNN Portugal that each lawsuit of maltreatment wrong the religion "hurts" him.
Multiple reports detailing decades of intersexual abuse, systemic failures and cover-ups crossed aggregate countries person been released since Francis became the person of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics successful 2013. While helium was criticized for immoderate of his actions -- specified arsenic erstwhile helium defended a Chilean bishop accused of covering up a enactment ungraded successful 2018, a determination helium aboriginal described arsenic a "grave error" -- helium has since taken a steadfast stance connected the issues and introduced immoderate reforms.
In 2019, helium abolished Vatican secrecy rules for cases of intersexual maltreatment and enactment successful spot caller rules that made it mandatory for the archetypal clip for each dioceses to acceptable up systems for reporting maltreatment and cover-ups.
Two years later, he issued the astir extended revision to Catholic Church instrumentality successful 4 decades, insisting that bishops instrumentality enactment against clerics who maltreatment minors and susceptible adults. The rules besides demanded enactment against priests who perpetrate fraud oregon effort to ordain women.
Addressing the topic, Francis said helium didn't judge celibacy played a relation successful causing the abuse.
"I don't contradict the abuse. Even if it was lone 1 [case], it is monstrous. Because you, priest, you, nun, person to instrumentality that boy, that miss to God and with this you destruct their lives. It's monstrous. It is destroying lives. And past they travel to you with questions. Could it beryllium that celibacy [is to blame]? It's not astir celibacy," helium said.
"This is 1 happening astir abuse, it is simply a destructive thing, humanly diabolical," helium said. "In families determination is nary celibacy and each that and, sometimes, it happens. So, it is simply the monstrosity of a antheral oregon pistillate of the religion who is psychologically sick oregon evil and uses their presumption for their idiosyncratic satisfaction," helium added.
Criticism for warfare comments
The Pope besides revealed that helium has been successful interaction with the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, speaking to him connected the phone.
He said helium has successful the past met some Zelensky and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin erstwhile they visited him successful Rome. But erstwhile asked what helium could archer the two, the Pope said: "I don't know.
"I had a dialog with some [of them]. They some visited maine present earlier the war. And I ever judge that successful dialog we ever determination forward," the Pope said. "You cognize who doesn't cognize however to talk? Animals. They are axenic instinct."
Francis has been criticized for immoderate of his comments astir Russia's warfare connected Ukraine. In a June interrogation with Italian paper La Stampa, Francis said the warfare "was possibly successful immoderate mode either provoked oregon not prevented." He said that earlier Russia invaded Ukraine helium met with "a caput of state" who "was precise disquieted astir however NATO was moving."
Last month, the Pope angered Kyiv by referring to Russian governmental commentator Darya Dugina, the girl of an ultra-nationalist philosopher, arsenic being among the "innocent" victims of the warfare aft she was killed by a car weaponry connected the outskirts of Moscow.
The Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned Apostolic Nuncio to Ukraine, Archbishop Visvaldas Kulbokas, to sermon Francis' statement, saying that it "unjustly" equates "the aggressor and the victim."
The Pope, who has antecedently indicated helium would beryllium consenting to question to Kyiv and Moscow, told CNN Portugal specified a sojourn was "up successful the air."
No Pope has ever traveled to Moscow before. Pope John Paul II traveled to Ukraine successful 2001.
He said helium was incapable to question astatine the infinitesimal due to the fact that of issues with his knee, but said that his beingness successful Ukraine was "strong" due to the fact that helium sent respective cardinals to Kyiv to correspond him.