Bono says Pope Francis is “aghast” about Irish church’s sexual abuse crisis

The U2 frontman met with the Pope in Vatican City earlier today (September 19)

Bono has met with Pope Francis at The Vatican, disclosing that the latter is “aghast” at the sexual abuse crisis in the Irish church.

The U2 frontman spoke with the pope as part of a meeting for Bono’s ONE organisation, which in its work is attempting to help tackle extreme poverty across the world. The ONE organisation is teaming up with a school-focused papal group named Scholas Occurrentes following today’s events.

During the 30-minute meeting, the pair discussed the crisis in Ireland. Pope Francis recently admitted during a trip to Bono’s home country that he was “ashamed” by the Church’s failure to address the “repellent crimes” of sexual abuse.

“Having just come from Ireland, inevitably, we talked about his (being) aghast about what has happened in the Church,” Bono said of Pope Francis’ view on the issue [via Reuters].

“I explained to him how it looks to some people that the abusers are being more protected than the victims and you could see the pain in his face,” he continued. “I felt he was sincere and I think he is an extraordinary man for extraordinary times.”

Pope Francis

Bono told reporters that they also discussed development issues and the pope’s 2015 ‘Laudato Si’, which voiced support for efforts to prevent global warming and climate change.

“We have to re-think the wild beast that is capitalism,” Bono added. “Although it is not immoral, it is amoral and it requires our instruction and he [the pope] is very keen on that.”

Earlier this month, Bono issued an update to fans of U2 on the state of his singing voice after he suffered “a complete loss of voice” during the band’s recent Berlin show.