Clergy Sex Abuse Victims 'Beyond Angry' Over Pope's 'Friends Of The Devil' Comment

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PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - Pittsburgh's Bishop and local abuse victims are reacting to developments at the Vatican summit on preventing clergy sex abuse.

Jim Van Sickle of Coraopolis is in Rome watching developments. He tells KDKA Radio he was angered to hear the Pope say those who spend their life accusing are with the devil.

“Luckily I heard it in Italian so I didn’t react right away but I can tell you everybody here is angry, beyond angry.”

During the summit Pope Francis said “One cannot live a whole life accusing, accusing, accusing, the church . . . (people who do are) the friends, cousins and relatives of the devil”.

But Bishop David Zubik says the Pope has offered 21 specific proposals to end abuse.

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