Diocese bishop Fausto Ramon Mejia revealed Tuesday that Pope Francis has said his heart feels "like it’s been crossed by a dagger" from the abuse to several Dominican minors by his ousted envoy Józef Wesolowski.
“I was in Rome around one month ago at a gathering of
bishops and had a meeting with Pope Francis on the last day. He arrived very
simply and spoke with all of us was one by one and after that when I talked with
him, he had a clear smile, but when I told him that I was from the Dominican
Republic, that smile turned to very serious and told me this phrase: I feel my
heart as if it was crossed by a dagger from the pain for what happened in the
Dominican Republic," the prelate said, quoted by elcaribe.com.do.
Mejia said the Pontiff discussed the issue with him at
length and told him that the church’s work cannot be halted because of what the
former Vatican’s envoy committed.
"I couldn’t remain standing after that
and had to sit and the other bishops even asked me why Pope Francis spent more time
with me than with all the others... "The Pope was moved and very strongly."
For San Francisco’s Bishop, the Pope’s attitude reflects his
profound concern with those incidents.