This will seem surprising to some, though it surely ought even to be expected. The limitts to spontaneous imagination in matters of morals and action needs investigation.
From the NYT, FEB 5, 2019.
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis said on Tuesday that the Roman Catholic Church had a persistent problem of sexual abuse of nuns by priests and even bishops, the first time he had publicly acknowledged the issue.
Catholic nuns have accused clerics of sexual abuse in recent years in India, Africa and in Italy, and a Vatican magazine last week wrote about nuns having abortions or giving birth to the children of priests. But Francis had never mentioned it until he was asked to comment during a news conference aboard the papal plane returning to Rome from his trip to the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday.
“It’s true,” Francis said. “There are priests and bishops who have done that.”