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Pope Francis meets with sex abuse victims

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Pope Francis held his first meeting with clergy sex abuse victims on Monday.

Six victims were invited to a private Mass at The Vatican and had dinner with the Pope the day before.

"I can testify to the deep gratitude and, naturally, emotion of these people, to have had the possibility to have a meeting that was so deep and wide ranging with the Holy Father," said Rev. Federico Lombardi, Director of the Vatican Press Office.

Pope Francis vowed to hold any Catholic Church representative who abused kids accountable for their actions.

Daniel Frondorf, a member of the local Survivors Network for those Abused by Priests, also known as S.N.A.P., isn't taking the Pope's word for it.

"He can beg for forgiveness and talk the talk. But, tomorrow he needs to walk the walk, he needs to say the following bishops are being dismissed," said Frondorf.

In 1983 Frondorf was sexually abused by Lawrence Strittmatter, a former Elder High School Principal. Strittmatter is accused to having similar interactions with 28 other children, and has since been removed from his clerical state.

"He used his status as a priest and he was somebody that I really looked up to, this guy was like a rock star in my community. He was very well respected and he not only fooled me, he fooled my parents," said Frondorf.

Like Frondorf, S.N.A.P. wants to see more than meetings from the Pope to change the ongoing scandal in the Catholic Church.

"Over the last 2,000 years, two popes have met with about two dozen clergy sex abuse victims. Very little has changed. A dozen popes could meet with a hundred victims. And very little will change," a S.N.A.P. rep said.

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