04/05/2013 07:56 am ET Updated Jun 05, 2013

Pope Francis On Sex Abuse: Catholic Church Must 'Act Decisively'

VATICAN CITY, April 5 (Reuters) - Pope Francis wants the Catholic Church to "act decisively" to root out sexual abuse of children by priests and ensure that the perpetrators undergo due process, the Vatican said on Friday.

Officials said that Francis, in a meeting with Holy See doctrinal chief Archbishop Gerhard Muller, had declared that combating sexual abuse was important "for the Church and its credibility".

Francis inherited a Church mired in problems and a major scandal over priestly abuse of children. (Reporting By Philip Pullella; editing by Barry Moody)