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Pope Francis Says The Catholic Church Needs To Change

While in Estonia on Tuesday, the pope admitted that the clergy sex abuse scandal is causing some people to leave the Catholic Church.
Posted at 12:28 PM, Sep 25, 2018

Pope Francis reportedly admitted that recent clergy sex abuse scandals have caused some people to rethink their membership with the Catholic Church.

While speaking to a crowd of people in Estonia Tuesday, he said, "We have to realize that in order to stand by your side we need to change many situations that, in the end, put you off."

Pope Francis' remarks were made the same day a report was made public about widespread sexual abuse inside the German Catholic Church.

The report was commissioned by the German Bishops' Conference and covers a span of almost 70 years. It found that, during that time, more than 1,600 clerics abused at least 3,600 children.

The report's public release follows an August grand jury report that detailed similar widespread abuse in Pennsylvania. 

Earlier this month, the Vatican announced Pope Francis will hold a summit with other top Catholic Church officials next year to discuss preventing clergy sex abuse. 

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.