“The people I trusted, the ones representing God, were fake.”
7 Feb 2019
Pope Francis said the Church was aware of the abuse and was “working on it”
BBC News – A day after Pope Francis publicly admitted for the first time that clerics had sexually abused nuns, promising to tackle the issue that was “still going on” within the Catholic Church, two female former members of the Church have spoken about their experiences with the BBC.
Appearing on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour on Thursday morning, the women welcomed the pontiff’s acknowledgment of the scandal, saying that for too long there had been a “culture of silence and secrecy within the hierarchy”.
But the descriptions of their experiences will only serve to exacerbate a scandal that continues to rock the Catholic Church.
“I was 15 years old … I was very naive.”
She told the BBC that she joined the society of apostolic life within the Catholic Church as a teenager living in a “very poor part of the world” because she “needed to do something”.
“I was 15 years old and the founder asked me to begin a spiritual direction with a vicar, who became my spiritual director.
“After months of gaining my trust he asked me and some young men to bring our sports gear to study yoga. After some group sessions, he moved to personal sessions. He then said he would teach me exercises that would help develop… my self-control over my sexuality.
“I was very naive; I had no prior sexual experience. And so he began touching me all over. I was thinking – wrongly – that he was good and that I was the evil one. I felt that it was my fault. I felt very guilty and disorientated.
“He never raped me but he absolutely committed sexual abuse in my regard. The first time I realized that I was a victim of sexual abuse I was 40 years old.
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