Pope Francis is looking to make headlines by addressing the issue of pap smears.
His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, said in a statement that the Church was the home of “the most important teaching of mankind” and it was a “duty” to “keep the truth and the love of Christ in all our relations with the world.”
“I think it’s important that we are clear on the fact that the papal office is an institution that is not a political office, nor is it a political ministry,” the pontiff said in the statement.
“It is a sacramental ministry and it has to remain faithful to the teaching of the church.”
Pope Francis will have to contend with questions about the credibility of a controversial papal report that found no link between the use of the term “pap smear” and sexual abuse by priests in the 1960s and 1970s.
The Pope is now under pressure from conservative Catholics who say the Pope’s handling of the issue is flawed.
The pope’s office said the Pope has received “no formal instruction” on the matter.
“The pope does not have any personal opinion on this matter and has no authority to intervene on it,” the statement read.
“In this regard, we ask that you consider this letter as a gesture of appreciation and appreciation for the fact and of a request for a pastoral response.”
The Pope is not the first pope to address the issue.
Benedict XVI was known for his aggressive tactics when addressing allegations of sexual abuse in the church.
But Benedict, who had been in office for only a few months at the time of the report, was not expected to address it.
Pope Francis is expected to hold a Vatican news conference on Wednesday to explain the findings and make his case to the Catholic world that there is a need to change how the Church treats sexual abuse allegations.