Archbishop Chaput discusses security, pope's sex abuse remarks

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- On the Monday after the papal visit, Archbishop Charles Chaput discussed the event, touching on security criticisms and the pope's comments about clergy sex abuse.

Chaput was asked about Pope Francis' sincerity after he met with five local victims of sex abuse, hearing their stories and apologizing.

He later condemned pedophile priests as he met with hundreds of bishops from around the globe.

"It wasn't a publicity stunt. There is genuine interest on the part of the Holy Father to represent the whole church in expressing sadness and apology in cases where there's cases of sexual abuse by members of the church, and he sincerely meant that," Chaput said.

Chaput said he feels the disappointment of the ticket holders who missed the papal Mass on Sunday because of tight security.

The Archbishop emphasized it was the federal government calling the shots on the metal detectors and searches that prevented thousands of ticket holders from getting to the Mass on time.

"I don't criticize, but if we had it our way it would be simpler. But our way might not have been the best way because it might have led to disaster."

The Secret Service is taking the heat for the added security, but they don't care. Top police sources say they didn't buy into it either, but they had no choice.
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