Bono, the lead singer of rock group U2, met with Pope Francis at the Vatican Wednesday where the two talked in part about the multiple child sex abuse scandals.
Bono spoke with the Roman Catholic Church leader for more than 30 minutes, the Catholic News Agency reported, where the singer said that Francis was “incredibly gracious with his time, his concentration.”
He told journalists that the two “let the conversation go where it wanted to go,” and that they discussed big themes, such as sustainable development and environmental goals.
The Irish icon admitted that they also touched upon the sex abuse scandals that have been sweeping through the Catholic Church around the world for decades, including in the U.S. and Ireland.
Bono said that he and Francis “inevitably” spoke about “the pope’s feelings about what has happened in the Church.”
The U2 lead singer told the pontiff that to some, it looks like “the abusers are being more protected than the victims.” He said that “he could see the pain” in the Vatican leader’s face about the issue.
“I felt he was sincere, and I think he’s an extraordinary man for extraordinary times,” Bono said.
Fresh accusations that major church figures shielded priests accused of sexually abusing children have scandalized the Catholic Church this year, with Francis himself also caught up in the scandal.
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Source: Christian Post