"It doesn't wash because what is happening is not a personal moral lapse, to be treated as a sin to address through penitence and prayer, but a crime in which
the church has been an accomplice."
The New York Times editorial
board on the pope's approach to child abuse
"Earlier, Pope Francis had urged the 200 religious leaders to "listen to the cry of the little ones who are seeking justice". Then he shut his ears, opened
his mouth and delivered hogwash, heavy on religious metaphor, light on specifics."
"The pope has undone the tiny bit of progress that possibly was achieved this week. He was defensive, rationalising that abuse happens in all sectors of
society. Ironically and sadly, he exhibited no responsibility, no accountability and no transparency."
Anne Barrett Doyle, the co-founder of Bishop Accountability
"I have had death threats and very nasty emails and phone calls. Many of the protesters are not parents. Some come from as far away as Wales. In the last
protest there were 250 people; about 80 were from the school. It is unpleasant — not something I want any teacher to have to go through."
Andrew Moffat, assistant head teacher of a primary school in Birmingham who has faced threats for LGBT inclusive education