Pope seeks decisive action against sex abuse

Pope Francis directed the Vatican yesterday to act decisively on clergy sex abuse cases and take measures against pedophile priests, saying the Catholic Church's ‘credibility’ was on the line.

The announcement was quickly dismissed by victims' advocates as just more talk.

Clergy abuse victims have called for swift and bold action from Francis as soon as he was elected pope last month.

Yet in his homeland, Roman Catholic activists had characterized him as being slow to act against such abuse in his years heading the Argentine church.

The clergy child abuse scandals in many countries have drained morale and finances from the church, driving countless Catholics away, especially in Western Europe.