(CBS) -- Pope Francis has warned that expectations for an upcoming landmark Vatican summit on clergy sexual abuse should be "deflated," as the problem of abuse is unlikely to be resolved through it. The pontiff's move to lower expectations may disappoint some Catholics, particularly in the U.S. where the last year has seen a string of revelations about senior church leaders covering up abuse.
CBS News correspondent Seth Doane was on Pope Francis' overnight flight from Panama back to Rome, during which Francis held a news conference for reporters in the cabin before heading back to the front of the plane, leaving journalists to translate and digest what he'd said.
He laid out three goals for the February 21-24 Vatican summit, and said the focus should remain squarely on them. Francis said he hoped to make church leaders across the globe understand the pain sexual abuse inflicts upon victims, teach them how to properly investigate reported cases, and develop protocols for the entire church hierarchy to use in any alleged instance of abuse.
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