Pope Francis has finally offered his first official thoughts about what he plans to do about the Cathloic Church's sexual abuse problem. On Friday, the Vatican released a statement calling for the Church to "continue the line desired by Benedict XVI of decisive action," including support for abuse victims and punishment for those who have committed crimes.
What else would the Pope say? He's the Pope. At the very least Francis would have to continue down the path set by his predecessor and make sure that the abuse scandal remains a top priority. However, there were many who felt that Benedict's "decisive action" was not decisive enough, and that his retirement left this large challenge mostly unresolved.
That's why, even before he was elected, people have been asking what the new Pope intended to do. And they don't just want more statements and apologies—they want action. They're willing to cut him some slack, since he's only been on the job for less than a month. But it is arguably the most pressing issue facing the entire Church right now and Catholics will want to see some sort of definitive steps taken soon. They want him to not just say that it's a priority, but they want him to prove it, too.