Pope asks forgiveness for ‘scandals’

Pope Francis asked forgiveness Wednesday for recent scandals that have rocked the Vatican.

Francis didn’t cite examples in his request for pardon at the start of his general audience, and his spokesman declined to elaborate. However, the past week has seen its fair share of headline-making news about the church.

On the eve of Francis’ big and contentious meeting on family issues, a Vatican monsignor came out as gay and, with his partner by his side, denounced homophobia in the Catholic Church. The monsignor was fired.

And Francis’ synod has been rocked by revelations that a dozen conservative cardinals wrote to the pope with serious concerns about the way the meeting was being run.

The Associated Press